By Mike Jones
Recently, I received an email from PCH Sweepstakes under the email of firstname.lastname@example.org . The email subject line reads, “What will it be: Accept or Surrender? This email may look like Publishers Clearing House. However, it is a third party emarketing company who sent this email to me. Before clicking on the email please do your own homework first to save you any headaches.
Who is healthpetlab.com ? This company is in the emarketing industry and is operated by PF marketing out of Clearwater, Florida. There company only has one webpage with an unsubscribe request form and nothing else what they do as a company. There is not much information about this company. It is unknown why they sent the email from healthpetlab.com when it has nothing to do with PCH Sweepstakes.
Other recent emails sent from this same email address with subject lines were “Mike, Try 5 pairs of glasses at home for FREE 05/09/2020!,” “Hi there! Mike, We’re got the quote you’re been looking for,” and “Mike, $250,000 in life Insurance Coverage, for as little as $15 a month 05/04/20.” I never read any of this emails and just deleted them.
There email advertisement top headline states, “We must have your decision regarding Prize Number ownership!” Within this email there is a huge graphics with copy. The copy reads [Certificate of title – Regarding forthcoming prize number, Award date: 6/30/20. $5,000.00 a week. Winning number generator – pending. Important title enclosed: Accept or Surrender. “Special Early Look” Prize Event.]
The next copy block is [Make sure your $5,000.00 a week for life prize number is LOCKED inside our winning number generator, along with all other eligible numbers. Prize event award date June 30th! Respond immediately!] and has a “Enter Now! Red button. If you click on the red button it directs viewers to www.healthpetlab.com/n/1EGxvzosKc45xCkES5xNtk6IBV6gufDj85riM6vN4SrN6Bcyc5R6taO0LoS5lrb89o0aCrPb7FAX.html then redirects them to
spectrum.pch.com/Path/MayTV20TitleRedemptionTV/IdentSDOBPCH.aspx?tid=a55962f5-e045-422e-be75-7cc40a02324c&utm_source=DMS&utm_medium=ACQ_Email&utm_campaign=StandAloneEmail&utm_content=TitleRedemption_Email. It is suggested not to click on these links.
The last copy block is states “Official Prize Communication” and goes on to say [RE: $5,000.00 a week for life. Award date is fast approaching. We must have your decision whether to accept your title or surrender it. Your Title is PROOF that the Prize Number to be issued to you upon timely response will be LOCKED, along with all other eligible numbers inside the PCH Winning Number Generator – the ONLY place from which the winning number for our June 30th Prize Event will be selected. Should you choose to surrender your ownership, you will definitely forfeit this Lifetime Prize opportunity. Don’t make that mistake! Accept your Tile and enter now! Sincerely, Deborah Holland Executive Vice President (along with a “Enter Now!” red button).]
Next, on the footer of the advertisement has [If you longer wish to receive email from Publishers Clearing House, please unsubscribe (link as unsub.pch.com/partnermail/unsub.aspx )This is a post-only message, please do not reply.]
[Publisher Clearing House, pch.com and their agencies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information or formatting, whether caused by internet users or by any of the equipment, programming or software associated with or utilized in connection with the Sweepstakes. This offer is open to all residents of the United States, Puerto Rico and APO/FPO. ©2020 Publishers Clearing House, 101 Winners Circle, Jericho, NY 11753. This is an advertisement. PF Marketing 2803 Gulf To Bay Blvd,., PO Box 404, Clearwater, Florida 33759. Click here (link to www.healthpetlab.com/?u=1) to unsubscribe from the third party list.]
There are other notes about this advertisement. There is a real Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President with PCH. She will never call you to claim a prize. Plus, there are other articles on the Internet about scammers claiming to be PCH staffers. Please watch out for them. They will usually ask for money to claim your prize. If this happens do NOT send them any money and report them to law enforcement to start an investigation.
Finally, I believe consumers should go directly to pch.com to enter this sweepstakes and avoid using a third party emarketing company websites and links. The third party company will get a commission on the number of people that go directly through them. PCH has a disclaimer on the bottom on their website that states, “No purchase or fee necessary to enter. A purchase won’t improve an individual chance of winning. Any questions please contact pch.com