Twitter Scams

Twitter_logo_blueSocial media is a great way to enter sweepstakes, through Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram. You can enter sweepstakes run by the companies of everyday products you know and love. Sweepstakes through these outlets are easy and quick to enter.

As with other sweepstakes, scammers look to exploit the ease of social media sweepstakes to gain personal or financial information. One avenue for scammers to gain access to this information is through Twitter sweepstakes. Scammers have learned to mimic Twitter sweepstakes to con users into giving up their private information. [Read more…]

Top 10 Sweepstakes Mistakes to Avoid

mistakes to avoidNew to sweeping? Take a minute to read these 10 common mistakes to avoid when entering sweepstakes for the first time. [Read more…]

Tips on Winning Sweepstakes

tips to winning sweepstakesCan a person really outsmart a sweepstakes? Even though it’s not like counting cards at the casino or voter fraud on Election Day, sweepstakes can be played in a strategic way to increase one’s chances of winning. It just takes a little know-how.

In order to play sweepstakes more effectively, there are a few things to look for when entering. But first and foremost with any sweepstakes, read the rules and restrictions thoroughly to avoid being disqualified. [Read more…]

Sweepstakes Parlors

sweepstakes parlorFrom the outside the building seems benign; the sign may say “Don’s Sweepstakes Parlors” or just simply “Sweepstakes.”  Don’t get caught up in the name on the sign or the lights on the walls – sweepstake parlors are not what they seem. Whether you enter the establishment to purchase internet time or a prepaid phone card in exchange for sweepstakes entries; the bottom line is they are not true sweepstakes.

Customers will enter sweepstakes parlors and pay to use one of their computers. Once at the computer, they play games, much like slot machine games, until they win or their time is up. Many have found that although they have spent hundreds of dollars in these parlors their payout hasn’t been worth the risk. [Read more…]

What is Smishing?

smishingOne day, your text message alert rings and the words “You’ve Won” or “Win Cash Now” flash across your cell phone screen. When the text message is opened there is a link with a validation code or a phone number and a message to reply.

As technology evolves, so do scammers. The latest trend for scammers is now invading personal text messages. Instead of sending unsolicited emails, scammers are sending text messages trying to gain your personal information. Scams are now going so far as to send texts containing viruses known as SMS Phishing or “smishing.” [Read more…]

New to Sweepstaking?

new to sweepingLooking for a new hobby? You may want to consider “sweeping.” This is a term used widely by people who enter sweepstakes on regular basis, but don’t be surprised if this hobby turns into a full-time job with tangible benefits!

Go to your favorite search engine and type in “sweepstakes.” There are so many online sweepstakes and websites to help you, it can be overwhelming to say the least. [Read more…]

Maximize Your Sweepstakes Hobby

winning sweepstakes Sweepstakes are abundant these days, especially online. With all these sweepstakes, how do you efficiently find and enter the best sweepstakes? We’ve compiled a list of the best ways to Maximize Your Sweepstakes Hobby for the most wins. [Read more…]

2014 Annual National Sweepstakes Convention

national sweepstakes conventionCalling all sweepers! It’s time for the annual National Sweepstakes Convention and the fun will be had in sunny Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is SPF25, referencing the silver anniversary of the convention which will be held on August 27 – 31, 2014.

Organized completely by volunteers of the local sweepstakes club, the convention is three days full of guest speakers, contests, shopping, themed days, and of course, prizes. This year’s prizes include forever stamps, cash, gift cards, Florida scratch offs, and a car. Guest speakers are always a highlight and past topics have included sweeping etiquette, how to increase your wins, and usually feature an expert sweeper. [Read more…]

How to Know if You Won a Sweepstakes

sweepstakes winnerBefore you start packing your bags for that vacation you entered to win or spending the prize money, you first need to know if you won the sweepstakes. How you entered the sweepstakes will typically determine the method you’ll be notified upon a winning entry.

Many sweepstakes will define how they send out notifications in their official rules. Other sweepstakes use judging agencies to pick an official winner and then that agency will notify the winner. [Read more…]

How to Avoid Sweepstakes Scams

email scamYou’ve Got Mail

We all get them – phishing emails announcing you’re the next big winner or junk mail claiming you’re the winning contestant.  And nearly all of this correspondence ends up in the trash can – virtual or otherwise.

As the all-too-familiar cliché “if it’s too good to be true, it is,” never reigns more true than in the sweepstakes world, those seemingly sweet prize offers through unsolicited mail, should have you running for the recycling bin. [Read more…]