There are some standard guidelines you can follow to avoid being taken in by these sweepstake scams. The first thing you should do is as soon as you get an offer by mail or over the phone to enter some kind of sweepstakes or pay money for some prize, make sure you know the following information:
There are also a couple other rules that should be followed to avoid being scammed:
You will probably want to file a complaint with your local police and perhaps even the FTC against the scammers. You may also want to consult a consumer rights attorney. Your attorney can let you know what options you have and help you decide what the best course of action is. You could even be eligible to be compensated for the money you lost in a lawsuit against the scammers.
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