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Many people today are rightly concerned about giving their phone numbers to companies that they might not know or trust. After all, many telemarketing companies have been known to offer promotions solely for the purpose of getting around the National Do Not Call list, which means that if you fill out the wrong entry form, you could be deluged with unwanted marketing calls.

This is one of the reasons why it's important to evaluate sweepstakes for scams before you enter. But even if a sweep looks legitimate, some people don't feel comfortable using their telephone number. With many sweeps, if you don't give a phone number, you can't enter.

However, there is a middle ground between giving out your personal number and not entering to win great prizes. Read How to Enter Sweepstakes Without Using Your Home Phone Number to find out how you can stay protected and enter sweepstakes without fear of getting annoying telemarketing calls. For some great tips on reducing telemarketing calls in general, see Junkbusters.com's How to Reduce Junk Phone Calls.

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