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Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Sweepstakes Scam

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By Tanja James

Summarize the Sweepstakes Scam

Received a phone call from "Sweepstakes Clearinghouse" saying that I was automatically entered into a sweepstakes offered by my phone company. They said that I had won a new car and a sum of money. He knew my name, my husband's name and our address. His name was "Peter" and he said the delivery company was at our house today with our new car and a check, but nobody was home so the car is in storage.

More Details about the Sweepstakes Scam

I was immediately skeptical, I know that utility companies occasionally do promotions, but this didn't sound right. He kept repeating how they tried to deliver my prize, and now the car is in storage at the airport and is going to be shipped back to Virginia tomorrow. He started to accuse me of not being home and now he will have to pay for the storage fee for "my" car. I did not like this guy's attitude. I said, really, you came by the house? I work at home and I have been home all day. All of a sudden he got flustered and said he will need to get in touch with the delivery company, and they will be in trouble for not attempting the delivery. he said "I will call you back in 20 minutes, sweetheart" I never heard from him again.

Just for good measure, I called my phone company to see if they had any kind of sweepstakes like that, and of course they didn't.

Tips and Tricks

  • The guy on the other line sounded distant and was hard to understand. He was very unprofessional.
  • He said that there are "storage fees for my car that he will be stuck paying for because I wasn't home" He wanted me to feel bad.
  • I called the company he claimed was responsible with the sweepstakes, my phone company. They had no such offer.
  • Don't feel pressured into making any immediate decisions. Find the company's real phone # and verify if you are a winner.

Sandra Grauschopf, About.com Contests & Sweepstakes, says:

I'm so glad that you didn't fall for this Sweepstakes Clearinghouse scam!
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