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 quotations below are from the SCAM letter of “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse” _not_ by mailscamalert.com.

a division of Allied Marketing Group, Inc.
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Note: I have marked the text changed in this letter as compared to theprevious onefrom “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse” with a bold italics style.

“Congratulations First_Name Last_Name:


Red Flag  # 1  “This letter is to inform you that you have been awarded a consolation prize in the TEN MILLION DOLLAR SWEEPSTAKES CLEARINGHOUSE GIVEAWAY.

“Accordingly, this is an official notice and the following information is true:

“1. The attached credit vouchers are yours. As a consolation winner you may apply them toward your choice(s) of any of the following items. You may claim a maximum of up six items only.

  • * Android™ OS Tablet with Case, Keyboard and Popular Apps $569.95 value
  • * Dell® Desktop Computer w/Software & FREE Internet $679.95 value
  • * Ultralite® 6-pc Luggage Collection $489.95 value
  • * Famous Brand Laptop Computer w/Software & FREE Internet $639.95 value
  • * Freedom® 32-pc Cookware with Cuisinart® $489.95 value
  • * DVC™ HD Digital Camcorder Package $499.95 value

“2. To take advantage of your credit vouchers: Simply sign the back of each voucher for the merchandise you wish to receive, and fill out the claim form area. The remaining balance may be paid by personal check or money order, MasterCard®, Visa® or the Discover® Card. Like many of our credit voucher recipients, you may prefer to use our INTEREST-FREE LAY-A-WAY plan by paying only $10 down and $10 or more per month per item ($25 per item if the remaining balance due is over $200).

Red Flag  # 2  “Please note - your credit vouchers are personalized with your name on them. They are extremely valuable and are for your usage only. Please note that they expire on FEBRUARY 17, 201x, and in order to take advantage of your prize(s) you must return them by that date.

Red Flag  # 3  “Be advised that the claim deadline is subject to our strict grace period. So be sure to return your credit voucher(s) in the enclosed return envelope immediately.

Red Flag  # 4  “Again, congratulations First_Name Last_Name! Prizes like this have the power to dramatically change people’s lives.

“We are sincerely happy to pass on this wonderful news to you.”

Red Flag  # 5  ...an order form with extremely fine print...

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

Another “contest” you forgot about entering? I doubt it. It’s just another attempt by this marketing company to get some of your money. They are now “awarding” you six credit vouchers instead of only three. But they seem to be on an efficiency mode by only providing six items instead of the 11 in their previous letter. Since this letter is mostly a duplicate of the previous one, I’ll simply repeat the same red flags from that one.

Red Flag  # 1  You say you don’t remember entering any contest that would have offered these prizes? Well, it was only a “TEN MILLION DOLLAR SWEEPSTAKES”, that would be easily forgot... Or, perhaps you may be thinking of a Publishers Clearing House Sweepstake? Red flag #1 should be that this may not be what it seems if you have no memory of entering any sweepstakes! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  The date of expiration is well over two years after my aunt died. This is simply an indication that this mailing is nothing more than a mass mailing to everyone on the purchased mailing list. Unlike the other SCAMs on this site, they are offering you some real merchandise. The problem for you is to confirm that the items are even worth what you will have to pay (plus shipping, of course). (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  The mailing I got was sent third-class, postmarked only a few weeks before the February deadline. This is the normal behavior of most SCAMmers; always attempt to get the recipient to make a decision with as little time to investigate as possible. (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  First, remember that you did not win any contest nor even a drawing. You could not, therefore, ‘win’ a consolation prise. This letter is mailed to thousands of people, just like you. Secondly, how does buying merchandise “dramatically change people’s lives”? While it may make it easier to do certain tasks and it may make life more enjoyable in certain areas, it certainly doesn’t affect your life in meaningful ways. Of course, spending money on cheap merchandise can negatively affect your life, financially and emotionally. Somehow, I don’t think that is the message this SCAM wants you to hear. (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  I hope you have a magnifying glass to read the fine print on the order form that you must sign. Unfortunately, I think the chances of actually getting a refund will be similar to those “100% Satisfaction” guarantees offered on all the other SCAMs on this site. In other words, your chances of a refund are slim to none! I have been asked to help get a refund by someone who purchased merchandise from this SCAM. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no connection or contact with any of these SCAMs. I would doubt any of them would be interested in hearing from me anyway, since I would hardly be considered one of their supporters! I can still say, after this site being up for several years, that I have never, ever heard of any ‘guaranteed’ refund ever being paid. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

I’ll call this Red Flag  # 6 ! Please be aware that you will be charged for “shipping and handling.” It is stated in the fine print at the bottom of the Claim Form. But you will have no way of knowing how much these costs will be, of course. Most reputable companies provide a way to compute those costs or print an estimated amount on their mailings.

Take a closer look at what these vouchers are really worth. Have you looked at the 24, full-color illustrations of the items you can use these vouchers to buy? Do you even need any of these items? Don’t let the false ‘discounts’ entice you to spend money just because the price looks like a bargain. Since you have access to the Internet, see if you can even find the item for sale, anywhere! If you actually find the item, how does the price compare? We’ll take a closer look at some of them in the following pages. I think you’ll find most of them are cheap knock-offs of higher quality merchandise and not worth the paper advertising them! The prices quoted are nothing more wildly inflated numbers to make the recipient think they are getting a huge discount.

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