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The Sweepstakes Fraud


You go to your mailbox or check your E-mail today and find an official
document from an Awards Committee claiming that you've JUST WON $5,000! All
you have to do is run in the house and call them to claim your prize! What
joy! You can't believe it! You were wondering how you would pay the rent this
month and now all your troubles are over.

You call all your friends and relatives to tell them you've just won a
sweepstakes. Everyone is happy for you and willing to help you spend your money
correctly (to their benefit, of course.)

Now comes the rain on your parade. You call the 900-number to claim
your prize. Who cares if the fine print says the call costs 98c per minute.
You've just won $5,000. What's 98c to you?

After being kept on hold for quite awhile you find out you've won
$5,000 worth of COUPONS! What? You thought it was money you won? Whoops -
sorry, you just paid 98c per minute (or about $9.80) for a bunch of worthless
coupons you could have probably cut out of your Sunday paper. It's a rip-off
pure and simple!

The TV show 60 Minutes had a special segment about these companies. The
rip-off sweepstakes company gets MILLIONS of dollars per day with their 900
phone lines just from people like you. They put you on hold so they can make
MORE money from you. It has been reported that some operators will sit by the
phone, timing you on their watch to see how long you'll hang on. The longer
you hold on and run up your phone bill - the more "stupid" they
claim you are.

Yes folks! These types of companies are run by heartless, cruel and
horrible individuals that sit back and laugh at the very people lining their
pockets with money! The government cannot shut them down because they are
giving you $5,000. Its your problem that you thought it was "money"
instead of "coupons." (This is an example of those "Legitimate
Scams" I have been warning you about in other Victoria's Reports.)

Always remember that if you REALLY win money in a sweepstakes it is
unlawful to charge you even 1c to claim it! In addition, if you win any
contest whatsoever, a real prize committee will visit you personally or call
you themselves at their own expense.

Honest sweepstakes are set up to entice people to try the products the
company is selling who is running the sweepstakes. Publishers Clearing House
is probably one of the best well-known sweepstakes around. We all get them in
our mailbox every January and February. They are popular because people order
magazines just to enter the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes itself is very

However, a lady who used to work for them told me that if a sweepstakes
form is returned WITHOUT an order, it is normally discarded. Only a small
majority are entered into the sweepstakes - or just enough to keep the
federal agents off their back. Of course, if you order though - you have
nothing to worry about. You have a whole one chance in 17 million to win a

Personally, if you enjoy entering sweepstakes, I would suggest that you
contact Nick Taylor, 4215 Winnetka N #219, Minneapolis MN 55428. Nick
publishes a newsletter called "The Best Sweepstakes Newsletter". It
is filled with complete instructions for entering sweepstakes which give you
a greater chance of winning.

The newsletter even holds it's own contests and drawings _ so you
should be able to win something sooner or later! Subscriptions are $17.50 per
year, but Nick will send you a sample copy to whet your appetite for $2.50.
(Be sure to mention that you read about him in Victoria's Report No. 138.)

Remember folks, that nobody is going to give you something free when
they call you on the phone or send you a letter telling you that you have won
a prize. But there are people that fall for these scams over and over again
without thinking. The problem lies in the fact that these companies fill
people with a bunch of hype and play on them emotionally.

Everybody wants to have enough money to pay their bills, take a
fabulous vacation, relax in their yacht, pay the children's way through
college, work the hours they want to work, tell the boss to "take that
job and shove it" and buy a new car and home for their family. Can you
think of anyone that would turn down a proposition like this?

Human beings love the idea of getting something for nothing. For some
reason it makes them feel like they are special and respected for all the
hard work they have done all their life. People who have continually strived
for something in life, only to have the door shut in their face are potential
customers for scams and rip-off artists. These cruel people are only after
the money you have worked so hard to make - so protect yourself now!

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