Have you received a sweepstakes scam by email, mail, or telephone? How did you tell the difference between the scam and a legitimate prize win? Share your experience here. Share Your Tips
It was the exclamation marks
- Three exclamation marks in a subject line looks very unprofessional. I wouldn't expect any organization giving away that much money to use punctuation like that.
- —Guest Keliry
You Have to Play to Win ...
- ... and I didn't play ... I don't even buy lottery tickets here in the US. Why would *anyone* be so gullible as to believe they had won a sweepstakes from a country they had never even visited? Oh, and by the way, they just happened to have your email address on file ... RIGHT!!
- —Guest Jay
Anything from overseas
- I agree that excessive use of exclamation points is a red flag that this is a scam. Also, the fact that it's to 'undisclosed recipients' as well from a sweepstakes company in Wales would be another tip-off for me.
- The tip off for me was that it came from West Glamorgan. I only enter online sweepstakes from East Glamorgan.
I guess I'm too gullible
- If I had received that email, I might almost have fallen for it. I guess the fact that they used the term "fiduciary" might have impressed me :-) It's a good thing I have a good spam filter on my email!
- —Guest SusanH
The strange grammar
- The grammar is choppy and reads strangely. The whole thing just seems unprofessional.
- —Guest fc
- You never EVER win a sweepstakes that you didn't enter. The first thing I do when I see I've won something is that I look at the contest to see if I remember entering it. If not then I bounce it back to the sender.
- Whatever method they use, they will be asking for the same thing: either your bank account details, or some money in another form and the messages they send always look official, but they’re not. They’re fake.
- —Guest pawan
National Payment Services Scam
- I wish they would stop sending me these. It's like clockwork. Every year I receive something from National Payment Services. I at first think to myself. O.K. that's not to bad- 10 dollars. But, after reading the responses from other people on google.com., I realized that it was a scam.
- —Guest Jessica W.
- They keep asking for $10.00 to receive a $12,000,000..really? Couldn't you take the fee out of the prize??
- —Guest NotRaisedToBeAFool!
- They mail me things that say send us 10 or 20 dollars for my prize. I think NOT!!
- I got an email from"UK" saying I won a promotion from Mercedes Benz and the money was in Natwest bank. Both places are real, but they won't transfer my million dollars to me until I send then fees (around $250). I emailed Mercedes Benz to let them know. Still a little of me hopes it is real.
Don't fall for this.
- This was not on the internet. I received a letter in the mail from National Payment Services stating that they need $10.00 to process my claim for $20 million in the US Powerball. I have never bought a ticket for any lottery, because I simply can't spare the money. But now after reading these comments, well, I won't be sending them anything. Goodbye, 20 million.
- —Guest Susan
sweeps via mail
- Had me wondering for a while until I read some of the ways to identify a scam. I was a finalist in a million dollar sweepstake from Australia yet! I was asked to send a cheque, money order or credit card info for $10 to Process my order. Never heard about this outfit before- National Payment Services- wonder if anybody else has received the same?
- —Guest Pat O
- Anything from Africa, England or India.....I just ignore. I have absolutely no sweeps entries or lottery contacts there so obviously don't expect to win anything from these contries. If they ask for money....well, just fugadaboutdit!
- —Guest one2fish