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mkr0708a
#1 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:38:29 AM(UTC)
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My question is to all of you that have won prizes.  How were you told that you were the winner of a prize or grand prize?  Also what do the messages look like so when others win, they know it isn't spam mail.  Was the notification in the mail, email, website, or some method that other non-winning sweepers have not seen?

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chudder4444
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:59:41 AM(UTC)
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Notifications of wins can come in a number of different forms including email, phone call, FedEx or UPS letter, or instant win. Out of my big wins (wins over $1000) I've been notified by all 4 methods. You'll know it's legit because it usually references the name of the sweepstake  and uses your name. The subject line in an email many times gives the exact name of the sweepstake. It's then easy enough to look back on the site here and see if in fact you entered the sweepstake they reference. Spam emails are generally very vague and don't give a specific sweepstake name, you'll get very good at spotting those ;)


 


Oh, and forgot to mention another way of being notified of a win....all of a sudden it shows up at your doorstep or in your mailbox! (Those are sometimes the MOST fun, because they are a total surprise, and you actually have the prize in your hands and don't have to wait on it!)


 


Good luck, and hope to hear of many wins from you!


 


 

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marli23514
#3 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 5:04:42 AM(UTC)
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  Chudder nailed this answer.






“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To be the best you can do everyday.” ― Jason Mraz










summerstorm59
#4 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:30:48 AM(UTC)
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I got a call from Buckle when a won a trip to whistlers mountain,canada,got an e-mail from toys-r-us( congradulations) when i won the bounce house, last week a win showed up from General dollar & pepsi sweep,like  post ed above you will get an e-mail  with the sweep you won from,  do a search if indoubt.

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mrsweepy
#5 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 9:04:03 AM(UTC)
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One thing I would add about Chudder's answer is this.  If you get a email, before responding look it over first.  Usually the thing I look at is the FROM: on the domain name from the sender.  If the domain is from a known company like Kraft.com or generalmills.com, this is for real.  If the email domain is a Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or a common free account email service, this is a giant red flag.  Very very rarely do you see a legit win from one of these freebie domains.


If the company's domain is in the email address, and well known, I have never seen a winning email not be legit.


Last, you become familiar with the "Sweepstakes Administrators", some marketing companies and ad agencies. "ePrize" is the biggest of the sweep administrators and give out the most prizes. Again, if you see their name, eprize.com or eprize.net or eprizefulfillment.com, you know it it a real win.  If in doubt, do a Google search just on the sender's domain name. This will usually answer your question.


Mr. Sweepy

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bobthomas18
#6 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 11:07:50 AM(UTC)
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If you get a call from 410-809-2908 telling you you've won 8 days & nites stay in the Wyndam resorts contest you've entered, it's probably a time-share sale attempt.

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mrsweepy
#7 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:21:44 PM(UTC)
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Bob,


We did run this Wyndam contest that ended in March:


http://www.sweepstakesto...travel-blog-contest.aspx


Mr. Sweepy


 

mkr0708a
#9 Posted : Sunday, April 15, 2012 12:01:05 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for all of the information!  Anything that'll help me avoid getting scammed is good info to me.

Waiting on that big win!
tamplinj
#10 Posted : Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:53:06 PM(UTC)
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I agree with all the methods of notification that everyone has listed.  One other thing I do is check with ST (by searching expired and active sweeps) to see if I entered the contest and the info matches the prize, etc.  Some mail or email notices are just to advise you that you have won and the item will be shipped later.  Those never ask for anything in return and are strickly for notifying that you have won.  Be very careful, you may receive some winning notifications on sweepstakes that you didn't even enter - filters usually send them to my junk mail. 

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bobthomas18
#8 Posted : Wednesday, April 18, 2012 3:35:36 PM(UTC)
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mrsweepy;144193 wrote:


Bob,


We did run this Wyndam contest that ended in March:


http://www.sweepstakesto...travel-blog-contest.aspx


Mr. Sweepy


 Thanks Mr. Sweepy,


The person who called me told me that I had won an 8 day/7 nite stay at a Wyndam resort. Didn't quite sound right. I checked your link & I didn't bother to enter it because of the essay requirement.


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