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Do I Have to Use My Real Birth Date When Entering Sweepstakes?

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Question: Do I Have to Use My Real Birth Date When Entering Sweepstakes?

Do I have to use my real birth date when entering sweepstakes? I've heard that a bogus date of birth can throw off identity thieves. Should I do that with sweepstakes entries?

Answer:

I recommend using your real birth date when entering sweepstakes. If you win, many sponsors require that you fill out an affidavit. Sometimes the affidavit needs to be witnessed by a notary, who will verify that the information is accurate.

If any of the information on the affidavit varies from the information on your entry form, including your birth date, you can be disqualified and lose your prize.

Instead of fudging your birth date, it's a better idea to follow these tips to find out whether the sweepstakes is legitimate before you enter.

If you still have doubts, stop by the Sweepstakes Forum and ask the advice of your fellow sweepers. They should be able to help you determine whether the sweepstakes is safe to enter.

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