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I received an email from the above stating that I am a catgory 2 miller of a million dollars. They want more info from me. SCAM???
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Hi Cornelia,

We regret to inform you that the notification you have received is in fact a scam and you have not won any prize from Publishers Clearing House at this time. At Publishers Clearing House we do not notify our winners by email, regular postal mail or by telephone. All prize winners of $500.00 or more would be notified by registered mail and all winners of $10,000 or more would be notified in person by our famous Prize Patrol.

We would also like to take this opportunity to provide you with some additional information regarding our sweepstakes that we trust will be helpful to you and your family.

At PCH, we are highly concerned about reports of scam artists using our name and good reputation to try and deceive consumers. Let me assure you there is absolutely no connection between the real Publishers Clearing House and the fraudulent party who contacted you claiming to be associated with our company. If you are contacted and asked to pay any amount, for any reason, to claim a prize, you have not heard from the real Publishers Clearing House.

We want you to know at PCH it is never necessary to pay any money to enter, win or collect one of our prizes. At Publishers Clearing House, the winning is always free! A legitimate sweepstakes will NEVER ask you to send or wire money to enter a sweepstakes, claim a prize or to pay a fee, tax or deposit of any kind. If you are asked to send money to claim a sweepstakes prize for any reason, you are being scammed. If you receive a check and are asked to send money back - you are being scammed.

At Publishers Clearing House, we treat the fraudulent use of our name seriously. We keep track of these incidents and work closely with the law enforcement and consumer protection community to share this information. We recommend that you also report this incident to the National Fraud Center at

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a fraudulent contact using the name of Publishers Clearing House, may contact us immediately at our toll-free number 1-800-392-4190 and anyone who believes they have received a suspicious email using our name and logo, may forward it to our fraud reporting mailbox, We also encourage consumers to visit the Consumer Affairs section on our website at, where there is more valuable information on how to protect oneself and avoid falling victim to sweepstakes scams.