How To Avoid Sweepstakes Fraud

Sweepstakes fraud is not as common as you might think.  It is very hard to set up a sweepstakes fraud.  This is because sweepstakes are a form of gambling.  In fact they are a form of gambling on a very large and very public scale.  When someone commits sweepstake fraud, they are committing a felony.  This is because gambling is only legal in certain places.  Only people that are giving away the real prize that was promised can administer any sort of competition to the public.  Sweepstakes are very hard to keep under the table because so many people have to enter the competition for the company to make any money.

Some people do get away with sweepstakes fraud however.  They do not give away a prize to anyone as promised and they move their competition to another state or something like that.  Eventually, these people get caught because it is hard to hide illegal money without doing a lot of other illegal things to cover it up.  In addition, there are many people who participate in sweepstakes as they would a regular job.

They are constantly trying to win and calling the head office.  These are the types of people who usually bring fraudulent companies down.  They play for years and years or buy 25+ tickets and complain only to find out that the head office isn’t real, or that no one answers the phone.  Fraudulent sweepstakes companies don’t last long just because of the very nature of the personality types that seriously participate in the contests.

But if you’re still concerned about sweepstakes fraud, the best thing to do is take a good look at the sweepstake you want to participate in.  Is it sponsored by a large company that is well-known?  If not, simply call the Better Business Bureau and see if the company is registered.  Next if you can find no leads that way, see if the company is registered with its local government by calling the government agency, and then find out what sort of activities the company has been involved in by doing an internet search.  If you can find contact information, call the company.  If you can’t find any sort of contact information, you probably shouldn’t participate in the sweepstakes.

It can be tempting to ignore your better judgment when it comes to entering sweepstakes.  Often the prizes are large and glamorous and you want nothing more than to win.  But you have to be careful and make sure that the company that runs the contest is legitimate, or you’ll just be giving away money for nothing.


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