Petrarca warns anglers and hunters of online scams when purchasing licenses

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are warning anglers and hunters about online scams when purchasing licenses, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today.

Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said both commissions have issued the warning after several reports of consumers who paid for licenses through third-party websites not connected with either agency.

“Even though consumers didn’t suspect the third-party websites were phony, they sadly found that was the case when they didn’t receive their license,” said Petrarca. “Some of these look-alike websites mimic the agencies’ branding, add in extra license fees, and may even ask for your personal information, like your social security number. Those are red flags that you risk wasting your money and putting your personal information at risk.”

The best way to ensure consumers are getting a legitimate fishing or hunting license is by visiting The Outdoor Shop online portal at, Petrarca added. Once a fishing license is purchased, a printable electronic version is issued immediately by the PFBC. For a hunting license that is purchased online, consumers receive an official email from the PGC and licenses are mailed to the buyer within two weeks of their purchase.

Those who encounter a website offering the sale of a state fishing or hunting license that doesn’t appear legitimate or does not link to The Outdoor Shop portal should contact the PFBC Fishing License Help Line at 877-707-4085 or the PGC’s license division at 717-787-2084. Consumers who were victims of a fishing or hunting license scam should notify the state Office of the Attorney General by completing a scams complaint form, available at this website: