So you’re interested in becoming a “Sweeper”. Sweepers are individuals who persistently enter and win contests and sweepstakes. Sweepers win everything from toaster, to IPods, to trips, to cars, and even cash.
Page 2 of this article lists specific sweepstakes and sites that specialize in listing sweepstakes from companies. But before you begin Sweeping, here are 10 tips from the National Consumers League’s Internet Fraud Watch on how to avoid an internet scam.
1. Never pay to play or claim a prize.
2. Buying something doesn’t improve your chances of winning.
3. Don’t believe you must give the company money for taxes on your prize.
4. Be cautious about emails for contests and sweepstakes. Many unsolicited emails are fraudulent.
5. Guard your credit card and bank account numbers.
6. Never give your social security number to a sweepstakes operator.
7. Be on guard for imposters. Some con artists use company names that are identical or very similar to well-known, legitimate sweepstakes operators.
8. Be wary of offers to send you an “advance” on your “winnings.”
9. Legitimate sweepstakes will tell you exactly how the contest works, odds of winning, value of prizes, date contest ends, and how to find out who won.
10. Be especially cautious about foreign sweepstakes companies.
For more information on how to avoid an internet fraud scheme, visit the National Consumers League’s Internet Fraud Watch site at http://www.fraud.org/tips/internet/sweepstakes.htm and the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org.
– Better Homes & Garden Dream Home Vacation Sweepstakes
– BIC Hit the Road with BIC Sweepstakes
– About.com Car Sweepstakes Lists
– Circuit City Sweepstakes
– DimeTapp Sweepstakes
– Discovery Channel, Ditch your Dirty Job Sweepstakes
– DIY Network Sweepstakes
– EB Games PS3 & WII Sweepstakes
– Estee Lauder Sweepstakes
– EverSave $10,000 Cash Sweepstakes
– Ford Road to Kona IronMan Sweepstakes
– GE Right Light, Right Now!
– Golf Digest Sweepstakes
– Good Housekeeping Sweepstakes
– HGTV Sweepstakes
– History Channel: Stars Wars the Legacy Revealed Sweepstakes
– Mr. Clean FreshOver Sweepstakes
– MTV Sweepstakes
– Oxygen Network Sweepstakes
– Planters Sweepstakes
– Pringles Sweepstakes
– Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes
– SlashGear/GQ $20k Home Theater Sweepstakes
– Sony Pictures Sweepstakes
– Swiffer Sweepstakes
– Travel Channel Trivia Sweepstakes
– Universal Studios Sweepstakes
– Best Publications Sweepstakes Listing: http://www.bestsweepstakes.com/
– CashNet Sweepstakes Listing: http://www.cashnetsweeps.com/
– About.com Sweepstakes Listings: http://www.contest.about.com
– Contest Blogger Sweepstakes Listings: http://www.contestblogger.com/
– GrandMa Jam Sweepstakes Listing: http://www.grandmajam.com/
– Isweeps Sweepstakes Listing: http://www.isweepdaily.com/
– Sweeps Advantage Sweepstakes Listing: http://www.sweepsadvantage.com/
– SweepStakes Hound Listing: http://www.sweepstakeshound.com/