Are Sweepstakes And Contests Safe To Enter?

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One of the main concerns people have as they embark on entering sweepstakes and contests is Internet security, identity theft in particular. The hobby requires they go to many sites they are unfamiliar with, and submit their personal contact info. In a few cases, it’s not safe to enter, but the majority of sweepstakes and giveaways are perfectly safe and family friendly.

The bigger prizes are being rewarded by large companies everybody has heard of, like DIY sweepstakes, Ford car giveaways, fast food instant win sweepstakes sponsored by Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. You’re worried about entering those? Seriously, don’t be.

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Most sweepstakes are safe

Lots of other sweepstakes and contests, with mostly smaller prizes, are sponsored by fledgling companies trying to attract interest and website traffic. Giveaways and sweepstakes are a super way to bring new customers to a business, so they are increasing in popularity. You shouldn’t be worried about these kinds of competitions either; most likely it’s sponsored by a well-meaning company trying to get a leg up on the competition. Their efforts to sponsor sweepstakes and contests, and give away their products and services, helps them and you.

Blog contests are very popular nowadays. Many women at home with children (and a few men) are running small websites that hold sweepstakes and contests regularly. There are promotional companies which sponsor the prizes, and the site runner is required to say so in the post. Sometimes, a new company promoting their products and services will advertise through a “mom blog.” These are legitimate giveaways, and you shouldn’t hesitate to enter them. They are perfectly safe, and it’s okay to leave a comment and your email so the “mom” can contact you if you win the prize.

There are loads of companies sponsoring sweepstakes that appear iffy and kind of marginal. The presence of pop-ups at the site is annoying, but rarely nefarious. This is common at entertainment sites giving away stuff like CDs, DVDs and fashion prizes. Don’t hesitate to participate in the giveaway if you like the prize and you’re even vaguely familiar with the company. Pop-ups can’t hurt your computer.

It’s even okay (usually) to download a piece of software onto your computer to enter sweepstakes and contests. Microsoft and Adobe Systems occasionally runs giveaways that require you to install an application or toolbar. You can trust these companies, and it’s easy to uninstall the application after you enter if you don’t want to keep it.

Sweepstakes and Contests to Watch Out For

Here are a few red flags to look for when entering sweepstakes and contests that are not legit:

  • You are asked to pay to enter the giveaway or receive the prize
  • The competition is for a small prize, but the entry period lasts for six months or more
  • The site tries to fool you into downloading software or clicking on links you didn’t want to click
  • The giveaway lacks basic rules, privacy policy and terms of service. Any half-decent contest has at least one of these.
  • Once in a great while you may experience non-delivery of prizes. It happens to everyone who’s been playing the games for a while, but this is quite rare. If it happens once a year that’s a lot, but it still doesn’t mean the people running the sweepstakes and giveaways were trying to infect your computer or steal your identity. In the majority of cases, the sweepstakes administrators were simply not good or efficient at running the competition and they screwed up.

    One Responseto “Are Sweepstakes And Contests Safe To Enter?”

    1. Irma says:

      Wow I hope you guys are for real would love to win thank you

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