Sweepstakes and Prize Scams - What to do
How to Report them And File a Complaint
To File a Complaint
Consumers who believe they have been victimized by fraudulent promotional offers also should contact:
If you have a problem with a sweepstakes or prize promotion after participating, and you are unable to resolve the problem directly with the company, contact:
Call for Action, the international non-profit network of hotlines working in partnership with radio and television stations, resolves consumer problems through free and confidential mediation.
According to the real Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. governmentís chief consumer protection agency, consumers can keep from falling for the lure of the sweepstakes scam by taking a few precautions. For example, the FTC says:
FTC Consumer Alert
Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Office of Consumer & Business Education
Take control of the calls you receive. If you want to reduce the number of telemarketing
calls you receive, place your telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
To register online, visit www.donotcall.gov. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222
(TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register.
File a complaint with the FTC. If your number has been on the National Do Not Call
registry for at least 31 days, and a telemarketer calls, file a complaint with the FTC.
To file a complaint online, visit www.donotcall.gov. To file a complaint by phone, call
1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). If you receive a call from someone claiming
to be a representative of the government trying to arrange for you to collect supposed
sweepstakes winnings, file a complaint at ftc.gov. Itís most helpful to enforcement
officials if your complaints include the date and time of the call and the name or phone
number of the organization that called you. Although scammers may call using a
telephone number that disguises their location, law enforcers may be able to track that
number to identify the caller.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices
in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file
a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTCHELP
(1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity
theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available
to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
1-877-FTC-HELP FOR THE CONSUMER
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