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Is PCH sweepstake a scam?

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Is PCH sweepstake a scam?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

Publisher's Clearing House, or PCH, is a legitimate sweepstakes. People can enter the contest, and if their names are ***** ***** will show up at your door in a Prize Patrol van like the one you may have seen on TV, and they'll hand you a check. Here is more information on that legitimate company.

Because this is a real, legitimate sweepstakes that a lot of people are familiar with, scam artists consistently misappropriate their name and use it to try to steal people's money. Here are ways you can tell that you're not dealing with the real PCH:

  1. They've called you to report that you've won.
  2. They've emailed you to report that you've won.
  3. They've sent you a letter in the mail stating that you've won. PCH ONLY notifies people with their Prize Patrol van.
  4. They're asking you to send them money to receive your prize. It doesn't matter if they're asking for insurance, taxes, courier payments, or any other type of payment, if they're asking you to pay a single penny to claim your prize, it's not PCH.

Here is a warning from PCH on avoiding scams perpetuated by people using their name.

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