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 camera and printer

Would you like to have a Canon® Printer and Camera? Canon® certainly makes good printers and cameras. As a mater of fact, they make at least 11 “All-in-One” models for the consumer. All these models can scan and print with at least the quality mentioned in the enclosure. However, the current model is black not white. This suggests that the model pictured is one of their discontinued printers. This is further justified by the statement that it scans ‘up to 600 dpi...’ All of the current Canon® models have at least twice that dpi (1200 x 2400)! And the least expensive one can be bought from Canon for only $49.99! Much less than even half the $189.95 you’re asked to pay!

So, it must be that camera that is expensive. Unfortunately, we are not even told what brand it is! How shall we compare prices, quality or anything else without at least a hint of the brand? It does look a little like the Canon® “A”-Series digital cameras. But even the most expensive, current model is only $179.99. And the least expensive model has 16 Megapixels and a 5X Optical zoom rather than the 8 Megapixel and 3X zoom on the pictured model. All for $139.99, by the way.

Once again, what you see is probably not what you think you are getting. Take your time and shop around, even if you have to pay local taxes, you can get a better deal; new equipment (full warranty!) and better specifications. All for very nearly the same price. Of course, you can beat the price with just a little searching on the Internet! That “National Reference” price is looking less and less useful, in my humble opinion.

Of course, the helpful folks at Sweepstakes Clearinghouse don’t want you to take too long, that’s probably why they have that maximum of 26 days to use those vouchers. That would assume that you got the letter on the same day as they claim to have mailed it (December 21, 2012), of course. This is standard practice for SCAMs, however; set short deadlines, push the reader to make decisions without investigations or consultations, get the reader to act rather than think!

Select 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 laptop Image of all-in-one computer 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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