Miscellaneous SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

Lies, Fakery, Greed and Tomfoolery

A collection of mailed SCAMs

Quotations from a (6 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse”

Please remember, the images below are from the SCAM letter of “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

a division of Allied Marketing Group, Inc.
Image of Sweepstakes Clearinghouse logo Image of letter header Image of HP© Laptop

A $759.95 HP© Laptop computer for only $349.95!

At least this item has a recognizable brand name! That is not the normal practice at Sweepstakes Clearinghouse. But it is next to impossible to compare the “National Reference” price since this is a refurbished item. “Refurbished” is another term to describe remanufactured. This is not necessarily bad. In fact, many believe that it can be an advantage with more expensive electronic products. Most of these kinds of products fail in the first few months of use. And the failure is not always major, it can be something as inexpensive as a bad resistor or capacitor that can be easily replaced. If the item is only a few months old, it may be difficult to see any wear on the outside; it may look brand new! And the weakest parts have already been replaced! This makes many electronic refurbished products much less likely to fail later and they can be bargains! I have personally bought several refurbished computers with absolutely no problems while saving at least 15% of the new product costs.

The problem with this item, again, is the “National Reference Price” set by Sweepstakes Clearinghouse! It’s difficult enough to establish a “National” price for many generic products. It’s even harder for specialty items or products with very limited availability. Refurbished electronics are usually available for only a very short time because they sell very quickly. So creating a “National Reference” price is even more suspect in this case. The warning that getting a big discount on a product that is tremendously marked up can be just like throwing money down the drain, certainly applies in this case! Here's are those two links to the Dallas, TX BBB to see what they think of this “National Reference Price” scheme.

Click on one of the small images below to see a larger version and any information I was able to find on it.

Image of luggage set Image of bike set Image of all-in-one computer Image of printer_and_camera Image of gold watches Image of 42inch TV Image of security system Image of 5-in-1 cordless tool Image of 1,501 tool set Image of 3300 Watt generator
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