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Publishers Clearing House recently issued a scam alert at their PCH Blog to help their fans this holiday season. According to the PCH Blog post on Dec. 9, some people are trying to pose as a member of their elite prize patrol team in order to scam unsuspecting Publishers Clearing House Facebook superfans. And they are managing to trick some of these fans into believing they want to be their friend.

The PCH Facebook Superfans are being told what to do if they get a friend request allegedly from a prize patrol team member like Dave Sayer, Danielle Lam or Todd Sloane, and the answer is spelled out in three short words: Don't accept it!

The social media criminals perpetrating this type of crime can copy and paste photos of the real Dave, Danielle and Todd from the photos available on each prize patrol member's own Facebook page, unfortunately. So some superfans of the company are being fooled as a result. But if you are contacted by one of the PCH Elite Prize Patrol members on Facebook, and they say they want to be your friend, don't accept them.

Elite team member Danielle Lam points out that it is highly unlikely that the person posing as her or one of the other two members--Dave Sayer and Todd Sloane--will have as high a "likes" number or fan total as they do, so that can be your first red flag that the person isn't legit.

The most important red flag, however, is the fact that none of the Publishers Clearing House Elite Prize Patrol members ever try to friend anyone on the social media websites they use. They never send private messages on the site either.

Help cut down on scams this holiday season by reporting any suspect friend requests you receive from PCH by calling 1-800-392-4198 or by emailing the details to abuse@pch.com

For the latest updates about the next big check giveaway from Publishers Clearing House in December be sure to visit this page.

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