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¿A quién no le gustaría ser ese ganador que se ve en la televisión sosteniendo un colosal cheque gigantesco de un sorteo? Es por eso que los estafadores oportunistas cuentan con ese anhelo cuando dicen ser de Publishers Clearing House. Este es un viejo truco pero sigue siendo un buen truco para los estafadores.

La estafa comienza con una llamada o carta diciendo que te ganaste un premio en el sorteo de Publishers Clearing House. Pero te dicen que para cobrar tu premio, tienes que enviar dinero para pagar cargos e impuestos. Habitualmente, te pedirán que envíes dinero a través de Western Union o MoneyGram, o que consigas una tarjeta recargable o una tarjeta de regalo. Los estafadores te piden que les pagues de alguna de esas maneras porque es casi imposible rastrear el dinero — y casi nunca lo recuperarás.

Pero esa no es la única manera que usan los estafadores para quitarte tu dinero con esta estafa. Algunos te enviarán por correo un cheque falso que parece auténtico.Entonces te dicen que para cobrar tu premio tienes que depositar el cheque y enviarles una parte del dinero para cubrir el pago de gastos ficticios. Pero cuando te rechazan el cheque que depositaste — incluso después de que parezca que fue aprobado — es posible que quedes debiendo el dinero que enviaste.

Si crees que te ganaste un premio, te listamos algunas cosas que tienes que saber:

  • Nunca envíes dinero para cobrar un premio, un cheque de un sorteo o un premio de la lotería. Si tienes que pagar, es una estafa.
  • Nunca deposites un cheque y envíes dinero de vuelta, aunque los fondos aparezcan acreditados en tu cuenta. Eso es un signo seguro de una estafa.
  • Si te llama alguien y te pide que pagues por un premio, cuelga el teléfono y repórtalo a la FTC.

¿Quieres saber más? Lee nuestro artículo sobre estafas de premios. Y si le transferiste dinero a un estafador de premios a través de Western Union entre el 1 de enero de 2004 y el 19 de enero de 2017, tal vez seas elegible para recibir un reembolso.

¿Todavía sigue pensando que es verdad? La auténtica Publishers Clearing House dice que nunca te pedirá que pagues un cargo para cobrar un premio. Échale un vistazo a la página de protección contra el fraude de Publishers Clearing House.

399 Comments

Lic. Pierre Millet (no verificado)
May 02, 2018
Efectivamente los estafadores se encuentran en todas partes y estan al acecho de todos para obtener beneficios ilicitos de todos los que desafortunadamente caen en sus redes delincuenciales. Todo aquello que nos parezca muy bueno, tenganle temor de que pueda ser una estafa, pero no accione nada hasta tanto Ud. no tenga la seguridad absoluta de que todo es cierto y legal, caso contrario de la informacion a esta Comision Federal de Comercio, para que a traves de sus mecanismos pueda darle a conocer a las Autoridades competentes de esa possible ilicitud y tal vez, mas temprno que tarde puedan caer los malhechores en las redes de la Justicia, para que esta sea servida, como es el deseo de todos los hombres y mujeres de buena voluntd en el mundo. Muchas Gracias.
aktres (no verificado)
April 24, 2018
Pulisher's Clearing House a scam? They had me in their clutches for almost 2 years. Never heard of a prize being given and the prize date kept being pushed up.
Elois (no verificado)
May 02, 2018
Buenas tardes, gracias por mantenernos informados acerca de estos estafadores de publisher clearing House, casi me estafan en el 2012, Entré en un sorteo con ellos de $1000000 y supuestamente lo gané pero cuando fui al banco para pagar un depósito que me pedían allí en ese banco me explicaron que eso era una estafa lo que me estaban tratando de hacer, ahí mismo rompí todos los papeles y nunca más volví a conectarme con ellos, Gracias su alerta es de muy buena ayuda ,Dios los bendiga siempre.
ameind (no verificado)
April 24, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

No Publisher isn't, they are saying that some people are posing as them in a scam.
georgie (no verificado)
May 31, 2018

En respuesta a por ameind (no verificado)

Publishers clearing house sends prize info thenbwants you to recertify, and recertify, and recertify......an endless loop. I have yet to hear of one person who won anything from them. Wake Up People, they are a scam unto themselves and don’t need the clingons that try to spoof their spoof. They should be shut down.
not applicable (no verificado)
April 24, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

I agree with aktres- I got continuing mailings saying you need to certify your enrty, then next one is to re-certify, then anolther one to verify your re-certification, or something similar to this and so on. All mailing are marketing some sort of merchandise and ask why you have not "tried" some yet. They do say you don't have to buy this stuff to be eligible for cash prizes.I dropped out after the 3 rd mailing. Then I got another mailing reminding me that I had not re-re-re-entered to which I never replied !
Shorty (no verificado)
May 12, 2018

En respuesta a por not applicable (no verificado)

I completely agree with you! You NEVER see or hear anything on the news/t.v that indicates that so & so won! I have not believed in years that this “company” is legit..in fact, they make me sick that they have gotten away with for (that I’m aware of) over 40+ years...smh
sea2cat (no verificado)
April 25, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

I agree 100% with your comment. Same happened to me and the scam envelope keeps coming. I just throw them away.
Kitty (no verificado)
April 26, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

The real publishers is not a scam. Its the callers and emails that claim to be them that are. They are getting even more bold by claiming to be from your bank. They hack phone numbers and try to lure you in. I got several and I say I live in a different state and they try to pull the "we have a package for you at (the quickest big city they can think of), I keep changing the state. When I ask what the address is on the package they will hang up. The newest version of this is now they are claiming to be calling from your bank. Be wary. I called my bank and made sure I was being protected from this.
Abby (no verificado)
July 19, 2018

En respuesta a por Kitty (no verificado)

Seriously!!! Again, have you EVER in the past years heard of a winner on National News where a person won $1,000 a day? No and will never here a winner. They're scammers as in Publishing Clearing House scammers.
Tsmith (no verificado)
October 09, 2018

En respuesta a por Abby (no verificado)

Actually yes. A gal in a nearby town won and was on our local news just awhile back.
Teresa (no verificado)
April 30, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

I received a text from a man named Scott West saying he was an agent with Publishers Clearing House and that I had been selected and won the Mega bonus for Publishers Clearing House ask for information once I gave it he sent me a picture of my reference numbers and my claim numbers I said I thought it was a scam he then sent me a photo of his supposedly government agent card which if you look closely at it it says the city he lives in his Texas the date his card was issued was the month of 13 in 2018 so just be aware I'm going to try to post this picture so everybody can see this particular card in case he's trying to scam anybody else he'd said I needed to send a fee of $150 to cover the UPS delivery charge when I said I didn't have it he said oh okay well what do you have then he said you could send $100 and just proceeded to continue to try try to con me I have his picture I have his so-called claim numbers and everybody be aware
Dan (no verificado)
May 01, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

I received a call from a guy that barley spoke English and ended up that they wanted me to go to Walmart to transfer $375 in order to collect 2.5 million cash and a new S Class Mercedes-Benz. I t got to the point where he was almost arguing with me and wouldn't verify basic information that Publishers Clearing has for me. It states straight out that in the rules that no funds are collected to receive any prizes. Do not get conned out of any money by falling for these scams.
LaurieTee (no verificado)
January 11, 2019

En respuesta a por Dan (no verificado)

I also received a surprise call from a Restricted number, and he also couldn't speak very clearly but he told me he was Michael Manley and he claimed that my phone number was selected as the #1 Winner. He wanted me to note my prize confirmation number, and said I could expect the Prize Team to deliver my check for 3.5 million dollars plus the keys to my new S Class Mercedes Benz, and their attorney would accompany me to the bank to deposit the funds for immediate use. He swore on his children's lives that this was legitimate. The check would be from Bank of America. And he was going to be my Prize Director and I needed to stay on the line. I expressed skepticism and I didn't understand his explanation about how there would be a 1% refundable fee. He put his General Manager on the phone, who also spoke poor English and they kept asking how close was I to a Walmart. That's when I decided to hang up. Creepy!
Mo (no verificado)
June 04, 2019

En respuesta a por LaurieTee (no verificado)

This just happened to me today. He said his name was John Myer and I have to send 1% which was $899 and my money and Mercedes would be delivered at 3:30
Bird99 (no verificado)
February 06, 2020

En respuesta a por Mo (no verificado)

This John Myers just called my cell phone today (02/06/2020). I didn't bother to pick up. I googled the number and PCH website. Its a scam.
Elsie (no verificado)
January 22, 2019

En respuesta a por Dan (no verificado)

I got a call from Jamaica saying I had won the exact same prizes you name & wanted me to go to WalMart to pay the 1% taxes they couldn't pay for me ($845.44). Said they were 25 minutes away from me, and when I asked if he knew where I was, he squiggled away into telling me how legit he was and the call was being monitored by FBI and Homeland Security. I told him I don't pay taxes at WalMart, I would not give money before I got the prize and if he was legit he would give me the money and paying taxes would be left up to me. He argued as well, and I finally just hung up. Don't even spend that much time listening to this drivel. PCH doesn't call you before delivering a prize!!
AJ (no verificado)
April 04, 2019

En respuesta a por Dan (no verificado)

this happened to me today what do I do next I hung up but mr. john green keeps calling
BA (no verificado)
July 29, 2019

En respuesta a por AJ (no verificado)

7/29/2019 John Green called me today. Wanted $1000.00 today so that he could have the Prize Patrol deliver to my house tomorrow, One and One Half Million ($1,500,000.00) ..............what a joke!!!!!. I suppose that there is an idiot born every day.
rapc0m (no verificado)
June 12, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

I received this email and I know PCH don't use yahoo email. Plus I don't participate with their games. Winning Prize ID: A198292 Claim. Yahoo / Inbox EDGAR VILCA FIGUEREDO Jun 10 at 9:10 PM You have won the publishers clearing house promotion prize, released for the Month of June. To process your claims, make sure to send/forward your winning prize Identification number[A198292] to our fiduciary claim agent through this email via { pch.prize @yahoo. com }.

Jojochristian (no verificado)
December 21, 2018

En respuesta a por rapc0m (no verificado)

I too got this same call today, and it was from a guy that barley spoke English. He said, congratulations you’ve won 2.5 million dollars and a Mercedes, he said in order to collect it, he would need $900. Big red flag right there, so I called Publishers clearing house & they said they don’t contact their winners via phone.
Anonymous (no verificado)
August 23, 2018

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

I just received one of those emails, I think. Could you tell me if this reply address is from Publishers Clearing House? I have the email and I will save it for you! They sent an email from publishersdept2018 @foxmail. com. Is this correct? Thanks, Anonymous
FTC Staff
August 23, 2018

En respuesta a por Anonymous (no verificado)

You can usually find contact information for a business on its website. Look up the website that you know is the official website, and then look for a button or link on the website that says "Contact Us" or something similar.

MissTaken4 sure (no verificado)
June 12, 2019

En respuesta a por FTC Staff

I got a message from a friend that said she got a grant from PCH. And she gave me a phone number for me to apply. Stupidly I sent them all my info. My address, my phone number, my email address my place of employment and now I'm worried to death that I made a big mistake
niasape (no verificado)
July 05, 2019

En respuesta a por MissTaken4 sure (no verificado)

Same here, a friend text me on Facebook, saying that I was on the list of the winners and he gave me a number in Philadelphia (US) to call. But I live un London (UK) and never been in US, I don't think my name could be on that list.
Paula (no verificado)
July 28, 2019

En respuesta a por niasape (no verificado)

Strange I had the same thing from a guy I don't know on FB messaged me said he won & received a cheque for £1000.00 & said I was on the list of winners & I must not see the letter from them & to contact a lady in the US to claim my prize. I don't gabble but he said he was handed a cheque & lives in the UK very strange indeed. This lady claims she works from the desk of PCH Publishers Clearing House prize patrol. He claims she is in the UK travelling around handing out cheques.
Friend... (no verificado)
May 05, 2020

En respuesta a por niasape (no verificado)

I got a message from a friend on Facebook said she just won $500,000 grant .... she said my name was on a list of winners and gave me a number of the agent "Dave Sayer" I was wondering if it was a scam ??? I asked my friend on FB how we knew each other and she wouldn't answer me ...... kept are you serious ?? Kept giving me the agent name and saying just never mind if I don't want the money , but saying I'd thank her later if i just try it ...... so glad I saw these comments I think my friends account was hacked and the whole thing is a big scam!! Thank you
Ab2011 (no verificado)
July 07, 2020

En respuesta a por niasape (no verificado)

I'm also going through this right now from a person who messaged me on FB who said she saw my name on the list and have gotten messages from Michael Smith as well looked it up on FB and of course said personal blog....what a way to get a persons hopes up especially right now so ridiculous I've already fallen for their scams and sent money I can never get back such a stupid mistake and even threatening me with jail and also a CEO FBI Agent that works with supposedly time to block them now. Learned my lesson
Annoyed by this (no verificado)
September 03, 2019

En respuesta a por MissTaken4 sure (no verificado)

Something happened to me today and I was stupid enough to send them gift cards worth $100 each and I sent 3 of them. His name was William Smith on Facebook. So be careful.they say that you qualify for a federal government program and it's a scam also they say they Fed ex you cash and not a check
Cecil Sargent (no verificado)
July 28, 2019

En respuesta a por FTC Staff

Mr Cecil Sargent I got a text on my phone that i was a winner of 1million a year ask $10.000 per week. Now they are asking for a taxes clearance for a $650 to get it Now is it real or fack?
FTC Staff
September 06, 2019

En respuesta a por Cecil Sargent (no verificado)

If you have to pay to get your prize, it’s a scam. Never send money to collect a prize, sweepstakes check, or lottery winnings.

gdmoma2001 (no verificado)
April 02, 2019

En respuesta a por aktres (no verificado)

My name Dorthy I been with clearing publishers for 26years they promised me a loyalty check for the years never received it they stopped sending mail everything what can I do about it they even told me the attorney general in Washington DC stop the packages from coming
Rudy Valentin (no verificado)
May 02, 2018
Gracias por la informacion, muy necesaria y de mucha ayuda.Mantengansen enviando mas informacion.
TONNITA51 (no verificado)
May 14, 2018
Referente a PCH.... fui estafada en 2012-2013 Desde el principio mandaban cartas animandome a participar en los sorteos de 1000.000 que "estaban llegando a Homestead, Fl, donde yo vivia"... durante un ano les compre muchas cucherias, con el deseo de ganar!.... lo unico que me dieron, fuerpn 2 Gift c ertificate, cada uno por valor de 2.500. Con el PIN alli incluid0o, debia ingresar a la web won rewards para ver que tanto podia yo adquirir hasta completAR LOS 2.500.... hy ADEMAS, DECIAN QUE YO SOLO DEBERIA PAGAR EL ENVIO.... Y que los certificados VENCIAN UN ANO LUEGO DE MI PRIMERA ADQUISICI0N. Emocionada ingrese y efectivamente era formidable... un shopping online...habia desde cueros, cristales, joyas, etc... todo para la casa... Y, como no tenia donde ubicar lo que pidiera... me espere un tiempo... hace 2 anos qui9se vover a ingresar y preciso... MIS CERTIFICADOS, con esos pines... YA NO APARECEN! Sera que ellos tambien pueden ser sancionados?... fue mucho el dinero que yo inverti durante un ano... con la esperanza de ganarme el 1000.000
Edilberto Escobar (no verificado)
October 24, 2019
quisiera saber si existe esta direccion de correo electronico inquiry-dept019@postnetcos.com , porque dicen que me gane un premio de una donacion realizada en la India, mediante un sorteo de millones de correos electronicos.
I won It?' (no verificado)
April 24, 2018
Watch out for PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE UK Lotto todd sloone. he wants you to pay for shipping!
March 1, 2019 Beth J (no verificado)
March 01, 2019

En respuesta a por I won It?' (no verificado)

I just got a cal from Todd Solon who told me I won 250,000.00 in the PCH Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Praise claim # 5058500127 with Pkg code # 252397 US. . They were to call me back in 5 minutes. They asked my. How Do You Feel ? I said skeptical. They did try to ca back in 5 min but I didn’t answer. This happened 3 hours ago.
Austlj2424 (no verificado)
April 02, 2019

En respuesta a por March 1, 2019 Beth J (no verificado)

I just got a call from Richard Brown which let me spoke to his manager Michael Forshaw who told me I won 2nd place PCH sweepstakes prize of $2.5 million. The winning numbers were 509641409334457 and that I needed to purchase a $350 Amazon card from Walgreen's in exchange for the Certified Cashiers check. He also said he could have UPS meet me at home, work, or the bank to give me the prize. Scammers should be caught and put in jail for taking advantage of innocent people!
Furious daughter. (no verificado)
October 07, 2019

En respuesta a por Austlj2424 (no verificado)

My mother is a senior citizen and very naive to the corruption of the world today. My mother lives in another state not close to me at all. Apparently someone from publishers clearing house called her and told her she won 3.5 million and a Mercedes. My mother said she was skeptical at first but that they had a pretty convincing comeback for every doubt she had. Long story short she sent them $1,300.00 because she had to pay taxes up front and that’s all she had. For the rest of the taxes the could take it off her credit cards. She gave them all her information full name, D.O.B. Social, bank info, credit card info. ( all of them) even mother’s maiden name. When I finally was informed by her of what was going on it was because she was asking me for $2000. As instructed by them to do. I asked her what she needed it for and she said I’m not suppose to tell you this because they said it’s a surprise she proceeded to tell me about the phone call and then I found out that they sent a taxi for my mother since her car wasn’t running she actually got in the cab and they took her to T mobile to buy 2 of the new IPhones which that store did not have in stock. The cab then took her to Walgreens and the man told her to use her Discover card because it had the most available credit and buy 2 $500 gift cards . At this point it was obvious they had already checked all her accounts. I instructed my mother not to speak to them the next day they kept calling she answered phone it was a different number and it was him. She told them she is sick and elderly and they have her doing to much that she decided she has lived this long without the money and doesn’t want it. They told her she deserved it and she needed to take a loan on her house. She told them she couldn’t because her daughter is part owner of house and lives in another state. They told her to get me to notorizeed consent she said ok. They next day we changed home and cell numbers, reported everything to police contacted banks,creditors called equifax, experian, even FTC. Now here’s the creepy part. They can not reach her by phone anymore. The next morning my 8 year old granddaughter was dropped off to visit my mom an there was a note on the door from the guy saying I have been trying to reach you please call me back and his phone number. She called police again they said there’s nothing the could do it’s just a note. A few days passed , door bell rings. My son inlaw gets the door and it’s a pizza delivery. After determining that none of them ordered pizza they ask the lady who ordered it and the lady handed my mom the phone. My mom said hello heard his voice and he identified himself saying he’s been trying to reach her. She immediately handed phone back to pizza lady and said I don’t want to speak to him and we don’t want the pizza. After the lady told him that she hung up and told my mother she was sorry and that he told her he was her grandson. Police were called again and basically again they can’t do anything about it. I feel like they can. They should at least look into it and see if there is any information attached to the card used for the pizza purchase. I’m very concerned for her safety now it seems they are very desperate to go to these measures. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
FrankSnow (no verificado)
June 05, 2021

En respuesta a por Furious daughter. (no verificado)

I’d love to know what ever came of this. I’m currently in a similar situation with my grandmother-in-law. I hate to say that it was WAAAAAY more than $1300 in this case.
Bethy (no verificado)
December 07, 2019
A mi me llego un correo en donde supuestamente una señora me esta donando su dinero, por que esta sufriendo de un cáncer de garganta terminar. Me enviaron un documento desde París francia, donde avían hecho cambio de nombre y hasta firma y sellos, parece muy real. Pero luego me pidieron 185 dolar para pagar un impuesto al banco donde se encuentra el dinero y me di cuenta que era una estafa. Por que si me están dando una donación no deben pedirme dinero a cambio
Maria (no verificado)
July 18, 2020
Urnas tardes yo los voy a denunciar porque todos losf meses me sacan de una tarjeta 49'99 y no sé de q son
85beauty (no verificado)
April 24, 2018
I have ascam from a grant says federal govt will give u $5000. and pay taxes and Fed X fee to a Fed X cashier in topeks Ks, just send by western union 250 for taxes and fed x fee. told them only had !00 so they still send it and fed x wil collect the remainder. got to be a scam
5946 (no verificado)
April 24, 2018
Just received another e-mail women in Africa is trying to help children etc. Be careful they are out there again.
No useón de email (no verificado)
October 12, 2020
El dia 10-10-2020 recibi solicitud en FB de 3 diferentes supuestos agentes de PCH varios mensajes por messenger felicitandome por un supuesto premio que me harian llegar el 10-12-2020,luego me llamò un supuesto mngr. Pidièndo que depositàra $500.00 en Walmart, me neguè a hacerlo y no han vuelto a llamar, pero cometì el error de dar alguna informacion y ahora estoy preocupada por esto. No sabia que tambièn estaban usando el nombre de PCH para hacer fraude. Ponen el nombre de sus agents y el logo de la empress y lo que me alertò fuè que los mensajes se desaparecieron .
Bella Hernandez (no verificado)
October 03, 2021
Hola! Me llego una nota al buzón , donde me dice que soy elegible para ganar $7000 de por vida. Y que en los próximos dos días me llegará una tarjeta y que me instan a responder con un SI para participar. Es seguro o que debo hacer al respecto? Gracias ☺️
Bonedog (no verificado)
April 24, 2018
Great info. Your site is invaluable to folks who are vulnerable.
NoItAll (no verificado)
April 24, 2018
1. always right click on links in an email and copy it. then Open Notepad and left click to paste it into notepad. If they are all the same, it's a scam. 2. I would cash the check, but never send any money till it has cleared for at least a week.