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Readers Digest Sweepstakes Phone Scam

By November 21, 2008

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ABC-15.com out of Phoenix, Arizona has an interesting article about a Readers Digest Phone Scam. On that website, you can also watch a video clip from the newscast about the scam.

A woman identified only as "Mary" received a call claiming that her name had been pulled from a list of Readers Digest subscribers to receive a grand prize of $50,000. This was a very convincing call, especially since they actually sent Mary roses to congratulate her on her "win." However, there was no prize -- the call was a scam all along.

The caller told Mary that she would have to send them $45 to receive her win. As you might know, this is a red flag that immediately indicates the call is a scam.

Mary used *69 on her telephone to see where the call was coming from, and it indicated that the so-called Reader's Digest agent was calling from a pay phone. That's not very likely at all.

Because the callers are only asking for $45, a lot of people might fall for this scam. However, that will be $45 that those people will never see again.

Mary stated that "you don't get something for nothing," but that's not really what this scam was about. This scam was about getting a lot for a little. We sweepers know that you CAN get something for nothing -- or for only the time it takes to enter sweepstakes -- but it's important to know how to separate the scams from the legitimate wins.

As a refresher, here are some important articles to help keep you safe from sweepstakes scams:

Don't Fall for Sweepstakes Scams:


July 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm
(1) David May says:

I got a call on 7th of July from a man who said I had finally won $5000.00 he called back saying he was from Readers Digest wanted my credit card number so Readers Digest could be paid for books sent every month for two years
I knew then it was a scam I almost fell for it. Until he mentioned my credit card Dave

July 9, 2009 at 3:12 am
(2) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Dave, I’m glad you picked up on the scam before it was too late! Those callers can be so convincing.

February 2, 2010 at 4:25 am
(3) Sandhya Hari says:

My name is sandhya Hari, I had received a mail of winning sweepstakes 2009 of Rs.3,00,000/- but as my mail id has been changed i would like to inform the readers digest sweepstakes people about my new mail id that i have given in the above column.

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