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Is Your Publishers Clearing House Mailing The Real Deal?

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Calls, emails and mailings encourage you to give up your information for a chance to win. But how do you know which ones are real? Calls, emails and mailings encourage you to give up your information for a chance to win. But how do you know which ones are real?
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We've been hearing from some of you, asking us to set the record straight when it comes to Publishers Clearing House.

Calls, emails and mailings encourage you to give up your information for a chance to win. But how do you know which ones are real?

We took your questions to the company itself.

Donis Deck and William Baynard have been filling out Publishers Clearing House mailings for nearly 2 decades, but they're growing more skeptical.

"I think they throw them away if you didn't order anything," said Baynard.

"I get so many different envelopes from them, I don't know whether it's a scam or the truth because they're all different," said Deck.

It's a valid concern, considering the call Alexis Morris got from someone claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House.

"She started asking for my age, my birth date and my social security number and when she asked me for my social security number, I hung up automatically because I was like, that's a scam," said Morris.

A spokesperson for Publishers Clearing House tells us the company will never contact a winner via phone, email or Facebook.

"At Publishers Clearing House the winning is always free, you never have to buy anything, you never have to pay anything to collect your prize," said Chris Irving the Assistant Vice President, Consumer & Legal Affairs.

It's still not enough to convince Baynard.

"I don't believe it. I've never seen anybody that's won," he said.

But Irving insists, "They are guaranteed to be awarded and we have not missed in any of the years in which we have promoted them."

Though, he admits, you may miss the announcement if you don't catch the commercial.

So how does Publishers Clearing House make money? Irving says from all the magazine offers and other products sold through the mailings.

It's answers that give Deck the green light to keep on trying.

"I say, well I didn't win the last one, I'll try again, that's just what I do."

So you may not "already be a millionaire" but after reading this, at least you won't be the victim of a Publishers Clearing House scam.

HOW TO OPT OUT:

If you do want to stop getting mailings you can return the envelope with a letter asking to be removed from the mailing list or call 800-645-9242.

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