How To Spot Sweepstakes Scams

Your giveaway dream win can quickly turn into a major hassle if the email announcing you were a winner was actually one of the many sweepstakes scams trying targeting the gullible. Providing your private info to the scammers compounds the problem, and this is technically being “phished,” a victim of identity theft.

Kids Sweepstakes

Many kids sweepstakes are Disney trip and product giveaways, and others promoted by cable TV channels such as Nickelodeon. Kids can win contests promoting vacations for the whole family, toys, free product coupons, gaming systems like Playstation, computers and even time at summer camp.

Family Vacation Sweepstakes

It's great winning a family vacation sweepstakes and working with marketing companies that help you book a trip win for yourself and the kids. While the majority of vacation giveaways are intended for two people, many sponsors of food sweepstakes and Disney, Inc. run family vacation sweepstakes.

Giveaway Items Should Be Your Products

If you're a business owner or merchant looking to run a contest or sweepstakes, the best giveaway items are things or services you sell. I have seen many companies running business giveaways doing the opposite: Buying merchandise as a prize, when customers would be happy and willing to receive what the company actually produces.