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Brand Name Rewards (offering a "Free Dell Laptop"),
www.brandnamerewards.com

Brand Name Rewards (offering a "Free Dell Laptop"), website www.brandnamerewards.com, is yet another "free computer" deal. There is a fine line between marketing hype and outright lies, but some "deals" are  are only good for the company pushing the product! In our opinion, this "deal" is, at very best, one that you will have little real chance of completing, if the lessons of previous such "deals", such as Shopper's Saving Centers and Pay Day Buddies hold true.

Brand Name Rewards offers a "Free Dell Laptop")

which sends you an email that implies that you won a free laptop computer. Their terms & conditions  say (the misspellings are theirs):

"You agree to be bound by the relevant Official Gift Offer Rules for the offer giveaways. To receive a free gift, you must accumulatet indicated in the Official Gift Offer Rules."

See their Redemption Instructions & Gift Rules. Also note their Privacy Policy. Their gift rules state (abbreviated below, follow this link for complete text on their website):

"To qualify for and redeem your FREE* DELL XPS M5130, you must complete each of the following:"

  1. Registration Form
  2. Survey.  Complete all questions as indicated in the survey pages that follow the Registration Form. 
  3. Sponsor Offers. You must participate in and satisfy a total of 6 Sponsor Offers as follows:
    Page 1: 2 offers
    Page 2: 2 offers
    Page 3: 3 offer
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  4. Sponsor Offer Registration....you must meet all qualifications of the Sponsor offers you select, and you must elect to participate in them through the online registration form for the offer (not via telephone).
  5. Verification of Sponsor Offer Participation. Each Sponsor must provide written verification to brandnamerewards.com that you have successfully qualified for and completed that Sponsor's offer. ... The qualification time varies by Sponsor, but may take up to 30 days... a Sponsor ... may require you to use the credit card to make a purchase, take a cash advance, or transfer a balance, to satisfy the Sponsor's qualifications.
  6. Your gift should be shipped to you within 6 to 8 weeks after brandnamerewards.com receives confirmation of your delivery address.

Here is an example of the email they send, this one sent to us on February 2, 2008:

 


Technical Investigation:

Whois.org provides the following information about www.brandnamerewards.com:

Registration Service Provided By: Enom, Inc
Contact: CustomerSupport@enom.com
Visit: www.enom.com
	
Domain name: brandnamerewards.com

Registrant Contact:
   Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
   Whois Agent (qfhwtxnrt@whoisprivacyprotect.com)
   +1.4252740657
   Fax: +1.4256960234
   PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
   C/O brandnamerewards.com
   Bellevue, WA 98007
   US

Administrative Contact:
   Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
   Whois Agent (qfhwtxnrt@whoisprivacyprotect.com)
   +1.4252740657
   Fax: +1.4256960234
   PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
   C/O brandnamerewards.com
   Bellevue, WA 98007
   US

Technical Contact:
   Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
   Whois Agent (qfhwtxnrt@whoisprivacyprotect.com)
   +1.4252740657
   Fax: +1.4256960234
   PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
   C/O brandnamerewards.com
   Bellevue, WA 98007
   US

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
   dns1.name-services.com
   dns2.name-services.com
   dns3.name-services.com
   dns4.name-services.com
   dns5.name-services.com
   
Creation date: 06 Dec 2007 20:42:44
Expiration date: 06 Dec 2008 20:42:44

But notice that the url in the email actually takes you to this website:

Notice that this "business" is based in Romania, famous for being the home of many internet scams. Notice also the dates.  Thanks to an alert visitor who sent the scam to us, we were able to post it within 2 days of its creation, to warn potential victims.

Registrant:
 SC Adiral Com SRL
 Calea Dorobantilor 134-138
 Bucharest, Bucharest 7000
 RO
 +40744433988 
 

Domain Name: ARIDIRDOWN.COM

Administrative Contact: 
 Velea, Bogdan office@adiralhost.ro
 Calea Dorobantilor 134-138
 Bucharest, Bucharest 7000
 RO
 +40744433988 
 

Technical Contact: 
 Velea, Bogdan office@adiralhost.ro
 Calea Dorobantilor 134-138
 Bucharest, Bucharest 7000
 RO
 +40744433988 
 

Record expires on 01-30-2009
Record created on 01-30-2008

Domain servers in listed order:
	NS0.DIRECTNIC.COM	69.46.233.245
	NS1.DIRECTNIC.COM	69.46.234.245

Opt-out screen?  Yeah, Sure...


CFR's Recommendation:

DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS! AVOID Brand Name Rewards (offering a "Free Dell Laptop")! Do NOT sign up for it!

If you simply do the math of having to agree to an additional 6 "offers" (at what total cost?) and wait as much as 30 days or more for each to qualify or verify, then it is easy to figure that it could take many months before you would even have a chance of receiving your "free" computer.  And remember, the offers you sign up for will certainly have additional costs associated with them.

Considering that you can buy a new laptop for as little as $500 these days, we cannot imagine how this "offer" would benefit you.


How to file a complaint against Brand Name Rewards
(offering a "Free Dell Laptop")

If you feel that you have been victimized by this company, file a complaint against them:  go to the BetterBusinessBureau and click on "file a complaint". For the address of the business use the information below:

BrandNameRewards.com LLC (offering a "Free Dell Laptop")
740 West Palmetto Park Road
#4-664
Boca Raton, FL 33433

 


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