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Today was almost an amazing day. I was told I won a 2010 Lincoln Navigator, by Holly, at extension 221. Oh man, so close. I’m just posting this in case anyone else comes across the same thing. She called me from 888-648-2802.
Here is the actual transcript of the message:
“Hi, my name is Holly calling from the awards claim center, in regards to an entry form you filled out to win a 2010 Lincoln Navigator in one of our shopping malls, movie theaters, or online within the last 12 months. I have some very good news for you, your name was pulled last night. Give me a call back as soon as possible, my phone number is 888-648-2797. Again, that’s 888-648-2797. And that’s Holly, at extension 221.”
And here is the recording:
Signs of a Scam
1. They Give No Personal Information About You
If I filled out an entry to win, or something, they would have some info about me, and leave it in the message. “This message if for _____” or the location of the contest I entered, or something. But nope, instead they never mention my name, any location, any date, and even the type of location is left to “shopping malls, movie theaters, or online.” Who hasn’t been to one of these places in the last couple months?
2. They Give No Information About Their Company
Not only does ‘Holly’ not give any company name, she doesn’t give a website, her last name, or any other identifiable information. All she says is that she is calling from “the awards claim center.” She could have at least faked a company name.
3. It’s Too Good to be True!
I could use a Lincoln Navigator as much as the next guy, but judging by my track record of winning things (read: never), I’m guessing that the car gods are not calling on me to replace my old beat up car with this one. So now I will say something everyone always says: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Bummer.