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Sweepstakes Scams and Safety - How to Avoid Contest Scams and Sweepstakes Frauds

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While most contests and sweepstakes offer entrants a real chance of winning great prizes, there are also some con men that prey on the hopes of winning. It's important to recognize the signs of sweepstakes fraud in order to protect yourself from falling victim to a scam.
  1. How to Recognize Sweepstakes Scams
  2. What are the Risks of Sweepstakes Fraud?
  3. Protect Your Privacy While Entering Sweepstakes
  4. How to Tell if a Sweepstake is Real or a Fraud?
  1. Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes Scams
  2. Report Sweepstakes Scams to the Authorities
  3. Examples of Sweepstakes Scams

How to Recognize Sweepstakes Scams

Sweepstakes scams convince people that they are winners when they are really not. The catch - you have to pay money or give up sensitive personal information before you can claim your win. Here are some tips on recognizing fraudulent sweepstakes win notifications.

What are the Risks of Sweepstakes Fraud?

Find out what can happen if you become a victim of sweepstakes fraud. Understanding the goals of sweepstakes scams can help you to recognize and avoid them before you become a victim.

Protect Your Privacy While Entering Sweepstakes

If you are careful with the personal information you use to enter sweepstakes, you can prevent scammers from reaching you easily and recognize sweepstakes scams instantly. Furthermore, you can reduce the amount of unwanted marketing that you receive from entering sweepstakes. Here are some tips on how to protect your personal information.

How to Tell if a Sweepstake is Real or a Fraud?

Some criminals use fake sweepstakes to trick you into giving up your personal information. Here are some ways to tell whether a sweepstake is real or a fraud so that you can avoid scam web sites.

Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes Scams

Sweepstakes scams often use Publisher's Clearing House's name to try to trick people into believing they've won a big prize. Here are tips to help you learn what's legitimate and what's not when it comes to Publishers Clearing House.

Report Sweepstakes Scams to the Authorities

It is very difficult for law enforcement agencies to pinpoint sweepstakes scammers and prevent them from targeting other victims. By reporting scams to the proper authorities, you can provide them with vital information that might stop someone else from losing their life savings.

Examples of Sweepstakes Scams

Sometimes, the best way to learn to recognize sweepstakes scams is to see exactly how they work. Here are some examples of real sweepstakes scams.

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