I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
This is absolutely a scam. PCH ONLY notifies winners via the Prize Patrol van you may have seen on TV. So many scam artists have capitalized on the PCH name that they've posted warnings all over their website.
There is no state or federal law that prohibits telling people that you've won a prize. Since winners are only notified via the information they provided when they enter, there is little risk of false claims being made - someone would need a false ID in your name. And you never ever ever ever EVER have to pay anyone to give you money. If it were necessary to purchase insurance to cover a check, that would be paid for by the company as part of their overhead before they decide how much money to award as a prize. The same is true of attorney's fees.
Do not send them any money, and do not reply to that message. Doing so just puts you on their radar - they'll start sending you more and more scam offers, each sounding more real than the last.
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