(410) 205-4506

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I picked up the phone.  The person whispered something like "attica."  I said hello again; they hung up.  I did not sign up for anything.  Hard to believe I would sign up for a prank call.  Another scam.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
My phone number is less than 48 hours old and this number has already called me.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
In reply to RP and Gary.Look at S reply. You guys are obviously reps for this company. Get a life!

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
DOBA dropship company. WILL NOT STOP CALLING. THEY DO THIS EVERY DAY WHILE IM ASLEEP TOO.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I use to sign up the drop ship company but I don't interested already, so during the time I'm in grocery store , they called meAnd I told them, I'm at the supermarketIf you want you can call later , so the guy on the phoneAsk me about when I will be finished shopng withThe bad voice make me upset.  They call almost Everyday.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Been getting 3-4 calls every day for last 3 weeks and never even heard of them let alone signed up for anything. Worst thing is, they call me on my company cell phone!

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I did not sign up for your business.  I have no desire for drop shipping.  I am sure you guys are a fly by night business...

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
You're correct, you have to be careful what information you put online. Are you listening facebook people? When stores press me, I use a phone number I had years ago. Something else people may want to consider is throw away email address'. They're good for 1 hour to a month. Useful on some of these web sites.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Then pick up the phone and tell them your not interested.  I know that is tough since you have to get off of the couch.  However as mentioned, once you sign up for information your behind has a target on it for calls.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Signing up for information does not give DOBA or any other company/person/organization the right to harrass people with repeated phone calls.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Y'ALL NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR INFORMATION ON THEIR SERVICES AND YOU KNEW YOU WAS GONNA GET CALLED BACK FROM THEM THAT YOU WAS INTERESTED ON THEIR SERVICES. SO WHO'S FAULT IS IT? NOT THEIRS.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
These people call me and I'm on the DON'T CALL LIST. Someone please put a stop to this.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
They continue to call me sometimes3 or 4 times within 20 minutes,have left messages not interested,they also call from several other numbers,not sure how to make them stop

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
They call me every 3 hours for the last 12 days and will not stop!

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I just want to report a # that has been calling me twice today & consecutively. If i have to block the# then i will.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Received another call today. I called back and left a message to have me added to their do not call list for the third time. DOBA plays fast and loose with the way they do business. They hide behind a bunch of different company names and their prices aren't good at all. Just stay away from them and use true wholesalers.

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If you will insist on standing up for your employers publicly, you should probably take a course in writing, so that you may do so correctly. In this case, it is GROSSLY INNAPROPRIATE to utilize the verb WAS in lieu of WERE.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I didn't sign up for your service of prank calls.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
if you signed up for information on DOBA ecommerce you knew you was gonna get a call back for interest on their services so who's fault is that? not them.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I signed up for more info on Doba ecommerce services. They called me the first time about one month ago, where I specifically asked them to put me on their do not call list. I received at least 2 more phone calls from them in the last 30 days. I have asked a second time to be put on their do not call list.

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Someone called, left no message.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I picked up the phone.  The person whispered something like "attica."  I said hello again; they hung up.  I did not sign up for anything.  Hard to believe I would sign up for a prank call.  Another scam.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
My phone number is less than 48 hours old and this number has already called me.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
In reply to RP and Gary.Look at S reply. You guys are obviously reps for this company. Get a life!

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
DOBA dropship company. WILL NOT STOP CALLING. THEY DO THIS EVERY DAY WHILE IM ASLEEP TOO.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I use to sign up the drop ship company but I don't interested already, so during the time I'm in grocery store , they called meAnd I told them, I'm at the supermarketIf you want you can call later , so the guy on the phoneAsk me about when I will be finished shopng withThe bad voice make me upset.  They call almost Everyday.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Been getting 3-4 calls every day for last 3 weeks and never even heard of them let alone signed up for anything. Worst thing is, they call me on my company cell phone!

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I did not sign up for your business.  I have no desire for drop shipping.  I am sure you guys are a fly by night business...

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
You're correct, you have to be careful what information you put online. Are you listening facebook people? When stores press me, I use a phone number I had years ago. Something else people may want to consider is throw away email address'. They're good for 1 hour to a month. Useful on some of these web sites.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Then pick up the phone and tell them your not interested.  I know that is tough since you have to get off of the couch.  However as mentioned, once you sign up for information your behind has a target on it for calls.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Signing up for information does not give DOBA or any other company/person/organization the right to harrass people with repeated phone calls.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Y'ALL NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR INFORMATION ON THEIR SERVICES AND YOU KNEW YOU WAS GONNA GET CALLED BACK FROM THEM THAT YOU WAS INTERESTED ON THEIR SERVICES. SO WHO'S FAULT IS IT? NOT THEIRS.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
These people call me and I'm on the DON'T CALL LIST. Someone please put a stop to this.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
They continue to call me sometimes3 or 4 times within 20 minutes,have left messages not interested,they also call from several other numbers,not sure how to make them stop

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
They call me every 3 hours for the last 12 days and will not stop!

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I just want to report a # that has been calling me twice today & consecutively. If i have to block the# then i will.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Received another call today. I called back and left a message to have me added to their do not call list for the third time. DOBA plays fast and loose with the way they do business. They hide behind a bunch of different company names and their prices aren't good at all. Just stay away from them and use true wholesalers.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
If you will insist on standing up for your employers publicly, you should probably take a course in writing, so that you may do so correctly. In this case, it is GROSSLY INNAPROPRIATE to utilize the verb WAS in lieu of WERE.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I didn't sign up for your service of prank calls.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
if you signed up for information on DOBA ecommerce you knew you was gonna get a call back for interest on their services so who's fault is that? not them.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I signed up for more info on Doba ecommerce services. They called me the first time about one month ago, where I specifically asked them to put me on their do not call list. I received at least 2 more phone calls from them in the last 30 days. I have asked a second time to be put on their do not call list.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
Call tehse people. They provide this jerk with his phone service but can't do anything about him but can remove your number from his auto dialer. Also place a cool to the local PD at 603-482-3844 and after enough complaints they should be able to do something especially if he is breaking the law. Freedom Ring Communications, Llc (Bayring Communications)359 Corporate Dr, Portsmouth, NH 03801-6808, United States  (Map) (Add Company Info)Phone: (603) 766-1000

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19 Report Long ago Unknown
I always get these calls, I talk to them for hours though no worries ;) I just keep them running around in circles, every time its someone new so they never learn, but I am pissed, try calling them back collect, theve accepted twice

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
We are getting this call on both cell phones. I've got a 99 Ford and hubby  has a 79 Olds. When we do answer in the off chance someone is on the other line(rarely), they hang up as soon as hubby says "Sure, I'll take an extended Warranty on my 1979...." And if you do reach someone and try to tell them to stop calling, they hang up before you can finish the sentence so that they can claim that we never said that. Its ridiculous and they all need to be hunted down and buried in their own vehicles with their extended warranty!

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19 Report Long ago Unknown
Guess who I got a call from too.  Yep, 603-214-3602.  Same thing as your's T.  I keep getting these calls from various numbers, always the same thing regarding warranties.  The name on the caller i.d. is always different.  These calls are obviously "spoof" type calls.  They can make any name and number pop on your caller i.d.  Pretty much makes caller i.d. worthless these days, wouldn't you think.  I can't understand why the phone companies or FTC cannot do something about these idiots or track them down.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
Thanks for posting this!  The goofy outfit called me today, on a work number that could not have a vehicle associated with it (a medical equipment line).    It was the standard message about the warranty expiring.  When the guy asked for the vehicle make & model, I said, "You called me.  If you're so sure my warranty is expiring, you tell me what I have."  The jerk hung up cold.  I really hope the system is down when they have their heart attack!

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19 Report Long ago Unknown
603-214-3602 called my cell.  Appears to be some telemarketing scam. Who is this number's provider? Can't they shut them down?

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19 Report Long ago Unknown
Another one of those fake caller ID....I get them EVERYDAY at least ONCE on my cell phone & at home.The Real Company behind this scam isGreat Atlantic Warranty (May use the name Warranty for Wheels)Located in Winter Haven, Florida.-----======* Real Phone Numbers *======------888-290-9711 (toll Free) Ext 224 usually gets you somebody. Chuck is at extension 263 Try extensions from 224 and up and you will get other random people.Non Toll Free Number for this company863-294-5182 Phone Number located in Winter Haven, FLThey forge the caller ID and it usually always list a disconnected number.The Scam goes like this.They will use a dialer to call numbers including Businesses, Homes, and Cell Phones and a pre-recorded message will come on the phone stating that your warranty is expired or set to expire and to press 1 to speak to an agent. You press one and they ask you "Can I Have your Customer Number". Of course you don't have one (and they know this) so they ask you the make and model of your car and name so they can "look it up". Once you give them this information (which can be totally bogus), they act like they just pulled up your account. They will then try and sell you a 2 or 3 year warranty for your car for $2,500 or more. They will usually try and get you to pay a larger fee to get it started which will be $400+Sometimes the pre-recorded messages changes and how the answer the phone changes but the scam is the same.They do not honor the Do Not Call Registry and are also breaking the law by using a pre-recorded message to Cell Phone Users. More info athttp://www.ftc.gov/opa/2005/04/dnc.shtmFeel Free to call the numbers and give them a piece of your mind for bugging you all the time.

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19 Report Long ago Unknown
Number calls my cell phone almost everyday, recording sais to renew non existen warranty on my vehicle, I push the number it tells me to to remove me off the list but I still get the call so I finally push 1 to get an operator and when I ask to be removed they hang up on me immidiatly, very illegal and unethical

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
I get calls in the early morning from this bogus number. when you call it back blocked it gives a busy signal. how in the heck do they get our cell numbers anyway. It's not like we give them out. our service must be selling them or something. I DO NOT want to be getting bogus sales calls in my business cell.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
THEY ARE VERY ANIYING,I GET CALLS FROM THIS PHONE NUMBER EVERY TWO WEEKS.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
yeah this place is bogus i get calls all the time!  it's annoying and something has to be done about it!

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
I received a call from this number on my cell today. No message.  I am routinely looking up numbers not associated with my database on this site and consitently finding good information.  I am happy that someone is doing the heavy lifting so we can used caller ID to our advantage.Thanks.D.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
Got this call a couple of times on my cell phone also and same thing about a my warranty on my vehicle but I hung up. now when I see this number I never answer it

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
I just got one too, but didn't answer. Googled the number and found this site. Great info. Thanks.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
Same thing here!!!  What can we do???

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
call these people if your still having a problemFreedom Ring Communications, Llc (Bayring Communications)359 Corporate Dr, Portsmouth, NH 03801-6808, United States  (Map) (Add Company Info)Phone: (603) 766-1000& local PD 603-482-3844

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19 Report Long ago Unknown
I've been getting this call intermittently for months.  Turns out my cell phone was not on the do-not-call registry.  Now it is, so hopefully these will stop in 31 days.  If not, we only need the phone number to file a complaint and for the fines to start flowing!

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
shut, same as here. this phone number keep calling my cell for months. even after i told them donot call. they still do. will never answer phone call from area 603. feel bad. wondering how they got my cell phone#.

603-214-3602

19 Report Long ago Unknown
This call comes to my cell phone and is an automated voice asking to renew a non existant "warranty" on my vehicle!  When I press 1 as directed to speak to an agent, a person comes on and asks for my vehicle make and model.  When I ask him to remove my name, he hangs up immediately!  When I redial to get someone else I get busy signal, again and again.These calls happen all times of day and night.  I am pissed off!

515-996-6476

8 Report Long ago Unknown
Scam!!! I received these texts from them: I want to know if your vehicle on kijiji is still up for sale as i intend to buy it right away.Please email me on: pattyglower (at) gmail.com. Okay, I'm satisfied with the condition but how long have you owned it? Whats the last price it can go for?? Can you send me more pictures? I will be paying through Paypal. Send me your full name and paypal email addy. I will arrange for the pick up after the payment has been completed. Kindly send me more pictures to stvcrtn7@gmail.com .Steve. Oh..sorry to hear you don't have an account with PayPal.I hope you wont mind to get an account with PayPal, you can make one in a couple of minutes and Its  reliable and easy to use PayPal,all you need to do is visit www.paypal.com and register with them and when you do i will be able to send the money instantly. It is the fastest way i can make payment. So if you can make a paypal. These people are very persistent. Beware. I just told them to f* off.

515-996-6476

8 Report Long ago Unknown
Well the c*** tried this on me to...but i of couse googled the phone number and found all these other reports...f****ng scammers should try getting a job....

515-996-6476

8 Report Long ago Unknown
hey,yup got the same, im in toronto canada. dont fall for it!

515-996-6476

8 Report Long ago Unknown
hahaha im dealing with her right now... she just emailed me telling the same "Malaysia" story... some ppl are soooooo dumb... ITS A SCAM! plz dont fall for it.

515-996-6476

8 Report Long ago Unknown
this  type  of  scam  has  been  going  around  for  well over a  year !!!!!.all over the  internet  for  merchandise   etc.....always  dead  giveaways:poor command  of the  english  language ,   poor  spelling ,  bizarre  phrases  similar  to  "  what was the  last  offering price" ,   never  can  come  in  person ,   want's  to  send a  check  for  more  that  what you are  asking  for  the  item!!  ( money  order or  cheque are  fake  anyway )..........asking for  pictures when    they are  already  there in the  ad.............and  the  list  goes  on.   you  can  be  blind  and  still know it's a  SCAM !!they  all work  out  of  jamaica /  nigeria /    india and   related............

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Hey all, just got a message at 5am from name unknown responding to my kijiji ad for my motorcycle. Wanted me to email his mother at bettyglower (at) gmail.com. Just out of amusment more that anything i sent an email asking what her story was. Sure enough the story came about 2 minutes later in a what im guessing is a cut and paste reply. see quote: "Thanks for the prompt reply,I would like to know the lowest price for it,i want you to get backto me with more picture and the present condition of it because i could not come over to inspect it,i am buying it locally here as a birthday gift for my son that is living in Malaysia.I am at sea at the moment as i am a marine biologist (i work  on the St-Lawrence river in Quebec. my office: Pilotes du Bas-St-Laurent] and due to the nature of my work, phone calls is restricted. It was my son that check your advert and sent you a text to contact me (his mother )on my email address because i am currently offshore.I am really sure he will be more than happy if i am able to purchase it from you because this is what he want and chose from the Advert. You need not worry yourself about how it will get to him there in Malaysia as i have a contactof shipping company there that will be handling the pick up and all the paper work."Really??? Malaysia??? marine biologist on the st lawrence?? and also the phone number was saying its base in Iowa? ya that sounds reliable. Obvious scam, i really hope no one buys into this and loses out on a bunch of money.

515-996-6476

8 Report Long ago Unknown
just received an email text in the middle of the night with the same line about sending the car to her son in malaysia using a differentland line located in illinois the maring biologist seemed a little strange. not sure what the game is

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8 Report Long ago Unknown
The posts that refer to Betty Glower are exactly the same as a text message I got from a Jennifer Glower and to contact her jennyglower (at) gmail.com. Wanted to buy my Rav 4 right away and ship it to her son in Malaysia. Willing to pay through PayPal.

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
So, next time they call you and say they are calling from the government (assuming you pick up again) you just tell them that's interesting, as the US government doesn't run sweepstakes.  What country are you in?  And what is the penalty for theft in that country?  It can go on and on...!

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
I have continuously received calls from this number telling me I have been entered into a sweepstakes for $5,000.  The caller was very aggressive in attempting to get my credit card number.  They said they were calling from the government and has called from different phone numbers, but this was the last one.

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
i just got a call from these same people and they had my phone number and address. they wanted me to give them numbers from my bank account which made me know then that it was a scam. these people need to be stopped. i think they should have to actually pay each one of us $5000.00 and then they would think twice before they tried to scam anyone else...

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72 Report Long ago Unknown
I got the same thing. Sounded suspicious. I didn't give them any of my information, but they already knew my name, address, and phone number. I looked them up, found a rip off report, and let the guy know that. When he heard that I thought his offer was a rip off, he hung up.

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72 Report Long ago Unknown
the lady told me i was entered into a drawing for having good standards with my account right then i knew she was full of crap i don't have an account i told her to remove my number from her list and as i was hanging up the b told me that you don't have anything any way i am researching who they are now.

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72 Report Long ago Unknown
this number just called me and asked for my husband, when I said he wasn't avaialable I asked who is calling. He said uhh, we'll try again later. I aked him againg who was calling and he stayed on the line for like 10 seconds then hing up on me!!!!I called back and spoke to some lady, I told her someone just called me and hung up. She said oh well someone will call you back. I told her I wanted to know who it was. She said well we have alot of departments so someone will call you back. then she said they are a publishing company and my husbands name has been picked to win $5000 dollars and someone will call me back. I laughed and hung up.   I guess scamming season has begun!!!!

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72 Report Long ago Unknown
The next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances                                        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.Prize Offers: You Don’t Have to Pay to Play! http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel17.shtmCongratulations, it’s your lucky day! You’ve just won $5,000!You’re guaranteed to win a fabulous diamond ring, luxury vacation or all-terrain vehicle!If you receive a letter or phone call with a message like this, be skeptical. The $5,000 "prize" may cost you hundreds of dollars in taxes or service charges — and never arrive. Your "fabulous" prize may not be worth collecting. The diamond is likely to be the size of a pinhead. The "vacation" could be one night in a seedy motel, and the ATV, nothing more than a lounge chair on wheels!Scam artists often use the promise of a valuable prize or award to entice consumers to send money, buy overpriced products or services, or contribute to bogus charities. People who fall for their ploys may end up paying far more than their "prizes" are worth, if they get a prize at all. What these people are likely to get - especially if they signed up for a contest drawing at a public place or event — may be more than they bargained for: more promotions in the mail, more telemarketing calls and more unsolicited commercial email, or "spam." This is because many prize promoters sell the information they collect to advertisers. Worse yet, contest entrants might subject themselves to a bogus prize promotion scam.And The Winner Is... Everyone loves to be a winner. A recent research poll showed that more than half of all American adults entered sweepstakes within the past year. Most of these contests were run by reputable marketers and non-profit organizations to promote their products and services. Some lucky winners received millions of dollars or valuable prizes. Capitalizing on the popularity of these offers, some con artists disguise their schemes to look legitimate. And an alarming number of people take the bait. Every day, consumers throughout the United States lose thousands of dollars to unscrupulous prize promoters. During 1999 alone, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 10,000 complaints from consumers about gifts, sweepstakes and prize promotions. Many received telephone calls or postcards telling them they'd won a big prize - only to find out that to claim it, they had to buy something or pay as much as $10,000 in fees or other charges.There's a big difference between legitimate sweepstakes and fraudulent ones. Prizes in legitimate contests are awarded solely by chance, and contestants don't have to pay a fee or buy something to enter or increase their odds of winning. In fraudulent schemes, however, "winners" almost always have to dip into their pockets to enter a contest or collect their "prize."Skill Contests There's one notable exception: skill contests. These are puzzles, games or other contests in which prizes are awarded based on skill, knowledge or talent - not on chance. Contestants might be required to write a jingle, solve a puzzle or answer questions correctly to win.Unlike sweepstakes, skill contests may legally require contestants to buy something or make a payment or donation to enter. It's important to recognize that many consumers are deceptively lured into playing skill contests by easy initial questions or puzzles. Once they've sent their money and become "hooked," the questions get harder and the entry fees get steeper. Entrants in these contests rarely receive anything for their money and effort. Consumer Protections Several consumer laws help protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes and prize offers promoted through the mail or by phone. Telephone Solicitations Telemarketers frequently use sweepstakes and prize contests to sell magazines or other goods and services. These telemarketers make an initial contact with consumers through "cold calls," or take calls from consumers who are responding to a solicitation they received by mail.The Telemarketing Sales Rule helps protect consumers from fraudulent telemarketers who use prize promotions as a lure. In every telemarketing call involving a prize promotion, the law requires telemarketers to tell you:     the odds of winning a prize. If the odds can't be determined in advance, the promoter must tell you the factors used to calculate the odds.     that you don't have to pay a fee or buy something to win a prize or participate in the promotion.     if you ask, how to participate in the contest without buying or paying anything.     what you'll have to pay or the conditions you'll have to meet to receive or redeem a prize. The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from misrepresenting any of these facts, as well as the nature or value of the prizes. It also requires telemarketers who call you to pitch a prize promotion to tell you before they describe the prize that you don't have to buy or pay anything to enter or win.Written Solicitations Many sweepstakes promotions arrive by mail as a letter or postcard that instructs the consumer to respond by return mail or phone to enter a contest or collect a prize.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act helps protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes promotions sent through the mail. The law prohibits:     claims that you're a winner unless you've actually won a prize.     requirements that you buy something to enter the contest or to receive future sweepstakes mailings.     the mailing of fake checks that don't clearly state that they are non-negotiable and have no cash value.     seals, names or terms that imply an affilia-tion with or endorsement by the federal government. Skill Contests Skill contests also are covered by the new Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act. The law requires the sponsors to disclose in a clear and conspicuous way:     the terms, rules and conditions of the contest.     how many rounds of the contest you must achieve to win the grand prize.     the time frame for the winner to be determined.     the name of the contest's sponsor.     an address where you can reach the sponsor to request that your name be removed from the mailing list. Just Say "No" Another way to protect yourself is to request that your name be removed from mail and telephone solicitation lists. The Telemarketing Sales Rule requires telemarketers to keep a "do not call" list of consumers who have asked not to be called again. Calling a consumer who has made this request is illegal and can subject the telemarketer to a hefty fine.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act requires companies that use direct mail to maintain a similar "do not mail" list for consumers who call or write and ask that their name be removed from the mailing list. This new law gives caregivers the right to have the names of the friends and loved ones under their care removed from the mailing lists of undesirable solicitors.Another way to reduce mail and telephone solicitations is to contact the Direct Marketing Association to request that your name be placed on its "do not call," "do not mail" and "do not email" lists. Association members agree not to solicit consumers who have requested that they not be contacted. To have your name removed from direct mail marketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To have your name removed from telemarketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To "opt out" of receiving unsolicited commercial email, use the DMA's form at www.e-mps.org.A Dozen Ways to Protect YourselfThe next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.    Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.2.    Sponsors of legitimate contests identify themselves prominently; fraudulent promoters are more likely to downplay their identities. Legitimate promoters also provide you with an address or toll-free phone numbers so you can ask that your name be removed from their mailing list.3.    Bona fide offers clearly disclose the terms and conditions of the promotion in plain English, including rules, entry procedures, and usually, the odds of winning.4.    It’s highly unlikely that you’ve won a "big" prize if your notification was mailed by bulk rate. Check the postmark on the envelope or postcard. Also be suspicious of telemarketers who say you’ve won a contest you can’t remember entering.5.    Fraudulent promoters might instruct you to send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier to enter a contest or claim your "prize." This is a favorite ploy for con artists because it lets them take your money fast, before you realize you’ve been cheated.6.    Disreputable companies sometimes use a variation of an official or nationally recognized name to give you confidence in their offers. Don’t be deceived by these "look-alikes." It’s illegal for a promoter to misrepresent an affiliation with — or an endorsement by — a government agency or other well-known organization.7.    It’s important to read any written solicitation you receive carefully. Pay particularly close attention to the fine print. Remember the old adage that "the devil is in the details."8.    Agreeing to attend a sales meeting just to win an "expensive" prize is likely to subject you to a high-pressure sales pitch.9.    Signing up for a sweepstakes at a public location or event, through a publication or online might subject you to unscrupulous prize promotion tactics. You also might run the risk of having your personal information sold or shared with other marketers who later deluge you with offers and advertising.10.    Some contest promoters use a toll-free "800" number that directs you to dial a pay-per-call "900" number. Charges for calls to "900" numbers may be very high.11.    Disclosing your checking account or credit card account number over the phone in response to a sweepstakes promotion — or for any reason other than to buy the product or service being sold — is a sure-fire way to get scammed in the future.12.    Your local Better Business Bureau and your state or local consumer protection office can help you check out a sweepstakes promoter’s reputation. Be aware, however, that many questionable prize promotion companies don’t stay in one place long enough to establish a track record, and the absence of complaints doesn’t necessarily mean the offer is legitimate. To File a ComplaintConsumers who believe they have been victimized by fraudulent promotional offers also should contact their local postmaster or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by phone, toll-free, at: 1-888-877-7644; by email at: www.uspsoig.gov; or by mail at: U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100.If you have a problem with a sweepstakes or prize promotion after participating, and you are unable to resolve the problem directly with the company, contact:     The Direct Marketing Association, ConsumerLine, 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036-3603; phone 202-955-5030; fax 202-955-0085.     The Better Business Bureau where the company is located.     Call for Action, a network of radio and television station hotlines that offer resolution services for consumers. Call 301-657-7490 or write: Call for Action, 5272 River Road, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20816. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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They called my step son's cell phone, refused to identify themselves and really creeped him out. The number is for United Publishers in Atlanta. Their 800 number is 877-931-3237. Ask for the manager named Bill. He'll take you off the list.

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i just got that call, telling me i was entered in a sweepstakes for $5,000. he said his name was justin kennedy and i was going to recieve a $500 grocerie voucher. then the publishers are supposed to call me back and all i had to do is subscribe for a magazine, but when the supervisor(Clayton Davis) called back he was rude and had an attitude when i told him i was uncomfortable with giving my info over the phone. he told me either i was going to subscribe or i wasnt so, i told him to have a nice day. the phone # was 408-845-0403. the second call came from the same number as the first.

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RECEIVED CALL 404 845 0403 CALLED SAID DONNA HUNG UP MY VISA USSA MY IDENTITY WAS STOLEN AND GOT IN MY OTHER CARD MASTER CARD

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A guy from this same number, 404-845-0403, called me, but didn't say anything about winning money.  He had a low gruff voice, and he knew my first name.  That was disturbing.  He said,  "I've got it.  It's a wrap"  or something like that.  When I asked him who was calling, he didn't answer.  He just repeated the same statement, and I hung up quickly.  Bizarre.  He's called back twice after that, but I didn't answer.  I reported the call to the police.  They found out that it was United Publishers of America, a rip-off operation in Atlanta, GA.

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i did application over phone for ussa i had master card applicatio was for visa from ussa i ha my idenity stolen gave me a name big deal my credit is ruined tried to get good credit not like my past  my visa used fraudently

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NO NO NO  THIS IS SCAMMMMMM  A FEMALE CALLED AND ASK FOR ME AND SAID  YOU....JUST WON 5000 DOLLAR I SAID OMG YOU MUST BE KIDDING, SHE  SAID WHY?DO YOU NOT BELIEVE  ME AND I SAID  IAM NOT SURE., SHE CALLED ME STUPID HUNG UP ON... ... AND I WAS SOOOOO SHOCKED I CALLED BACK AND THEY DIDNT ANS PHONE... I REMEMBER GETTTING ON LINE  AND FILLING OUT THIS PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE SWEEPSTAKE FOR $5000 DOLLARS.,     AND i just wasnt thinking i i promise thats my last time every putting my name and number out here period... she knew by my voice and deamenor that i wasnt gonna atcept her lies... so she hung up .......... on me            stupid bi***!!!! want be getting my credit card number lol

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A couple days ago they called me from this number and asked to speak with me.. They told me that I was entered in a 5,000 dollar sweepstake and I had won, they wanted me to give them my CC info for verification!!! Thats crazy!! They just called again now and asked to speak with me again... I asked for a message and he just said.. "Its Mike Bradley, Ill try again later."

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If you call the number and ask to speak to a manager, they will take you off their phone call list!

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That is because it is a computer calling you. Once you pick up the phone, the computer logs the information in the system of what time you answered the phone, and of course your number. Then it rolls to a live person to call you back on another day.You will have to call them to get your number removed or, do as I do, and have a call zapper.  hehe  :-)

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I keep getting dead air when this same # comes through.

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Caller wanted to inform me I was entered into a drawing for $5000 and they then wanted to know if they could get my visa #...Yeah Right

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Calls all the time in Spanish with a lot of background noise...what a PAIN

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didn't answer the phone because I didn't reconize the number but I look up the area code and found this glad I did

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If you get this call, file a complaint with www.donotcall.gov.  They keep it in a database and follow up when they can.  The more who file complaints, the more attention it will get.

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I got the Spanish call on my cell phone.  Since it woke me from a nice nap, I decided to look into it.  I did a search and found on WhitePages.com that it is an unpublished number from provider Intermedia Communications (www.intermedia.org) out of New Orleans.  Their website says they do surveys in developing countries, so I'm not sure why they are harrassing those of us here.  I guess the first step is to identify the problem, then eliminate it, right?

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Today I got call from this number twice... all spanish recording ... Is there any danger with this number.

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I picked up and then they hung up. I was scared shitless now i think im being followed. Im in my car right now, they are rite behind me. P.S this site is great!!!

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I just got this call. But, I didn't pick it up because I was in a call with someone. Glad I didn't pick this call. Good website!

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Didnt answer, glad I didnt , how do you stop calls like these, I thought I had.  This is  a good site, glad I found it.

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DONT CALL THIS NUMBER

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Remember that calling them back or pressing something "to be added to our do not call list" only serves one purpose -- to tell them that their random-dialed call has found a real, live prospective sucker, so they can mark your number as such.Most often these calls don't come from actual phone lines... they "borrow" a legitimate number to use as a Caller ID number, but are actually originated from computers which hack into the phone system, in ways similar to the way Skype and Vonage link from a computer into the phone system.

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same story - didn't answer it though - man this is a great site

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Got this call twice now, never answered because I don't answer numberse I don't know, and I am reminded why. This site is gret!

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Same thing, but (I speak very little Spanish) identified the word "Nicaragua" before I hung up

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i'M SO SICK OF THESE PEOPLE CALLING MY CELL PHONE AND THERE IS A LOUD NOICE IN A THE BACK ROUND WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP THESE CALLS

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I receive calls from this # seveal times a month.  They never leave a message and when I pick up I can't understand anything they are saying.

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My cellphone rang and I didn't answer it in time so it went down as a missed call.  Found this website after using internet to see where 504 area code is located.  Glad I didn't answer it.

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Same thing here: rapidfire Spanish recording, lots of background noise. No ID.

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yep they called me too...and they never leave a message...fortunately i never answer calls that i dont know who the caller is of......now that i know what it is i will just not bother

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They called me but in spanish with some loud noise in the the back ground. I hung up right away

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Said it was a "travel related call.. if you would like more information.." then I hung up. Phone spam!

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Same as several previous post, offer is to extend the warranty of my car (which expired some time ago). Have received nearly identical message from other phone numbers as well.

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Got a phone call from them too today.Left voice message about a car warranty. This is on my cell phone. My mother got the phone call too.On her cell phone.

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Just got a call from them, Googled it and found this page so didn't pick up.April 8 2009 8:48 pm EST

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Same here they call me around 7:51PM it's not he first time.

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Yeah so did I . I've just got a call from them 7:50 eastern standard time.1-205-561-2811it's like they call a bush pf people at once.

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They keep calling me as well.  I have received several calls as well.  They don't leave a message.

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That's far out!!!!

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I continue to get calls from these people and they will not remove me.It's a company trying to extend a warrenty on my vehicle or so they claim.Since they wont stop calling, evan after asking, I have taken to staying on the line with them to see how much of their time I can waste.

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i just got a call from them today 4/8/09 answered nothing.

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just got a call from them as well... no message, of course.

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got this too, same as above, no message

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just got a call from them too.  I called back, but it said "This number is no longer accepting messages"

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just got a call from them too, no message left - go figure!

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stop them

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I just got a call from them too... ugh

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Just called me, and I didn't pick up since I do not know the number. Supposedly it is from the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area.

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I've started to receive calls from this number as well. Started 4/8/2009

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Left no msgs. Unknown.Not picking up, to validate my number for more calls.

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unknown

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So, next time they call you and say they are calling from the government (assuming you pick up again) you just tell them that's interesting, as the US government doesn't run sweepstakes.  What country are you in?  And what is the penalty for theft in that country?  It can go on and on...!

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I have continuously received calls from this number telling me I have been entered into a sweepstakes for $5,000.  The caller was very aggressive in attempting to get my credit card number.  They said they were calling from the government and has called from different phone numbers, but this was the last one.

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i just got a call from these same people and they had my phone number and address. they wanted me to give them numbers from my bank account which made me know then that it was a scam. these people need to be stopped. i think they should have to actually pay each one of us $5000.00 and then they would think twice before they tried to scam anyone else...

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I got the same thing. Sounded suspicious. I didn't give them any of my information, but they already knew my name, address, and phone number. I looked them up, found a rip off report, and let the guy know that. When he heard that I thought his offer was a rip off, he hung up.

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the lady told me i was entered into a drawing for having good standards with my account right then i knew she was full of crap i don't have an account i told her to remove my number from her list and as i was hanging up the b told me that you don't have anything any way i am researching who they are now.

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this number just called me and asked for my husband, when I said he wasn't avaialable I asked who is calling. He said uhh, we'll try again later. I aked him againg who was calling and he stayed on the line for like 10 seconds then hing up on me!!!!I called back and spoke to some lady, I told her someone just called me and hung up. She said oh well someone will call you back. I told her I wanted to know who it was. She said well we have alot of departments so someone will call you back. then she said they are a publishing company and my husbands name has been picked to win $5000 dollars and someone will call me back. I laughed and hung up.   I guess scamming season has begun!!!!

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The next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances                                        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.Prize Offers: You Don’t Have to Pay to Play! http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel17.shtmCongratulations, it’s your lucky day! You’ve just won $5,000!You’re guaranteed to win a fabulous diamond ring, luxury vacation or all-terrain vehicle!If you receive a letter or phone call with a message like this, be skeptical. The $5,000 "prize" may cost you hundreds of dollars in taxes or service charges — and never arrive. Your "fabulous" prize may not be worth collecting. The diamond is likely to be the size of a pinhead. The "vacation" could be one night in a seedy motel, and the ATV, nothing more than a lounge chair on wheels!Scam artists often use the promise of a valuable prize or award to entice consumers to send money, buy overpriced products or services, or contribute to bogus charities. People who fall for their ploys may end up paying far more than their "prizes" are worth, if they get a prize at all. What these people are likely to get - especially if they signed up for a contest drawing at a public place or event — may be more than they bargained for: more promotions in the mail, more telemarketing calls and more unsolicited commercial email, or "spam." This is because many prize promoters sell the information they collect to advertisers. Worse yet, contest entrants might subject themselves to a bogus prize promotion scam.And The Winner Is... Everyone loves to be a winner. A recent research poll showed that more than half of all American adults entered sweepstakes within the past year. Most of these contests were run by reputable marketers and non-profit organizations to promote their products and services. Some lucky winners received millions of dollars or valuable prizes. Capitalizing on the popularity of these offers, some con artists disguise their schemes to look legitimate. And an alarming number of people take the bait. Every day, consumers throughout the United States lose thousands of dollars to unscrupulous prize promoters. During 1999 alone, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 10,000 complaints from consumers about gifts, sweepstakes and prize promotions. Many received telephone calls or postcards telling them they'd won a big prize - only to find out that to claim it, they had to buy something or pay as much as $10,000 in fees or other charges.There's a big difference between legitimate sweepstakes and fraudulent ones. Prizes in legitimate contests are awarded solely by chance, and contestants don't have to pay a fee or buy something to enter or increase their odds of winning. In fraudulent schemes, however, "winners" almost always have to dip into their pockets to enter a contest or collect their "prize."Skill Contests There's one notable exception: skill contests. These are puzzles, games or other contests in which prizes are awarded based on skill, knowledge or talent - not on chance. Contestants might be required to write a jingle, solve a puzzle or answer questions correctly to win.Unlike sweepstakes, skill contests may legally require contestants to buy something or make a payment or donation to enter. It's important to recognize that many consumers are deceptively lured into playing skill contests by easy initial questions or puzzles. Once they've sent their money and become "hooked," the questions get harder and the entry fees get steeper. Entrants in these contests rarely receive anything for their money and effort. Consumer Protections Several consumer laws help protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes and prize offers promoted through the mail or by phone. Telephone Solicitations Telemarketers frequently use sweepstakes and prize contests to sell magazines or other goods and services. These telemarketers make an initial contact with consumers through "cold calls," or take calls from consumers who are responding to a solicitation they received by mail.The Telemarketing Sales Rule helps protect consumers from fraudulent telemarketers who use prize promotions as a lure. In every telemarketing call involving a prize promotion, the law requires telemarketers to tell you:     the odds of winning a prize. If the odds can't be determined in advance, the promoter must tell you the factors used to calculate the odds.     that you don't have to pay a fee or buy something to win a prize or participate in the promotion.     if you ask, how to participate in the contest without buying or paying anything.     what you'll have to pay or the conditions you'll have to meet to receive or redeem a prize. The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from misrepresenting any of these facts, as well as the nature or value of the prizes. It also requires telemarketers who call you to pitch a prize promotion to tell you before they describe the prize that you don't have to buy or pay anything to enter or win.Written Solicitations Many sweepstakes promotions arrive by mail as a letter or postcard that instructs the consumer to respond by return mail or phone to enter a contest or collect a prize.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act helps protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes promotions sent through the mail. The law prohibits:     claims that you're a winner unless you've actually won a prize.     requirements that you buy something to enter the contest or to receive future sweepstakes mailings.     the mailing of fake checks that don't clearly state that they are non-negotiable and have no cash value.     seals, names or terms that imply an affilia-tion with or endorsement by the federal government. Skill Contests Skill contests also are covered by the new Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act. The law requires the sponsors to disclose in a clear and conspicuous way:     the terms, rules and conditions of the contest.     how many rounds of the contest you must achieve to win the grand prize.     the time frame for the winner to be determined.     the name of the contest's sponsor.     an address where you can reach the sponsor to request that your name be removed from the mailing list. Just Say "No" Another way to protect yourself is to request that your name be removed from mail and telephone solicitation lists. The Telemarketing Sales Rule requires telemarketers to keep a "do not call" list of consumers who have asked not to be called again. Calling a consumer who has made this request is illegal and can subject the telemarketer to a hefty fine.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act requires companies that use direct mail to maintain a similar "do not mail" list for consumers who call or write and ask that their name be removed from the mailing list. This new law gives caregivers the right to have the names of the friends and loved ones under their care removed from the mailing lists of undesirable solicitors.Another way to reduce mail and telephone solicitations is to contact the Direct Marketing Association to request that your name be placed on its "do not call," "do not mail" and "do not email" lists. Association members agree not to solicit consumers who have requested that they not be contacted. To have your name removed from direct mail marketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To have your name removed from telemarketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To "opt out" of receiving unsolicited commercial email, use the DMA's form at www.e-mps.org.A Dozen Ways to Protect YourselfThe next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.    Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.2.    Sponsors of legitimate contests identify themselves prominently; fraudulent promoters are more likely to downplay their identities. Legitimate promoters also provide you with an address or toll-free phone numbers so you can ask that your name be removed from their mailing list.3.    Bona fide offers clearly disclose the terms and conditions of the promotion in plain English, including rules, entry procedures, and usually, the odds of winning.4.    It’s highly unlikely that you’ve won a "big" prize if your notification was mailed by bulk rate. Check the postmark on the envelope or postcard. Also be suspicious of telemarketers who say you’ve won a contest you can’t remember entering.5.    Fraudulent promoters might instruct you to send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier to enter a contest or claim your "prize." This is a favorite ploy for con artists because it lets them take your money fast, before you realize you’ve been cheated.6.    Disreputable companies sometimes use a variation of an official or nationally recognized name to give you confidence in their offers. Don’t be deceived by these "look-alikes." It’s illegal for a promoter to misrepresent an affiliation with — or an endorsement by — a government agency or other well-known organization.7.    It’s important to read any written solicitation you receive carefully. Pay particularly close attention to the fine print. Remember the old adage that "the devil is in the details."8.    Agreeing to attend a sales meeting just to win an "expensive" prize is likely to subject you to a high-pressure sales pitch.9.    Signing up for a sweepstakes at a public location or event, through a publication or online might subject you to unscrupulous prize promotion tactics. You also might run the risk of having your personal information sold or shared with other marketers who later deluge you with offers and advertising.10.    Some contest promoters use a toll-free "800" number that directs you to dial a pay-per-call "900" number. Charges for calls to "900" numbers may be very high.11.    Disclosing your checking account or credit card account number over the phone in response to a sweepstakes promotion — or for any reason other than to buy the product or service being sold — is a sure-fire way to get scammed in the future.12.    Your local Better Business Bureau and your state or local consumer protection office can help you check out a sweepstakes promoter’s reputation. Be aware, however, that many questionable prize promotion companies don’t stay in one place long enough to establish a track record, and the absence of complaints doesn’t necessarily mean the offer is legitimate. To File a ComplaintConsumers who believe they have been victimized by fraudulent promotional offers also should contact their local postmaster or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by phone, toll-free, at: 1-888-877-7644; by email at: www.uspsoig.gov; or by mail at: U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100.If you have a problem with a sweepstakes or prize promotion after participating, and you are unable to resolve the problem directly with the company, contact:     The Direct Marketing Association, ConsumerLine, 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036-3603; phone 202-955-5030; fax 202-955-0085.     The Better Business Bureau where the company is located.     Call for Action, a network of radio and television station hotlines that offer resolution services for consumers. Call 301-657-7490 or write: Call for Action, 5272 River Road, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20816. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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They called my step son's cell phone, refused to identify themselves and really creeped him out. The number is for United Publishers in Atlanta. Their 800 number is 877-931-3237. Ask for the manager named Bill. He'll take you off the list.

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i just got that call, telling me i was entered in a sweepstakes for $5,000. he said his name was justin kennedy and i was going to recieve a $500 grocerie voucher. then the publishers are supposed to call me back and all i had to do is subscribe for a magazine, but when the supervisor(Clayton Davis) called back he was rude and had an attitude when i told him i was uncomfortable with giving my info over the phone. he told me either i was going to subscribe or i wasnt so, i told him to have a nice day. the phone # was 408-845-0403. the second call came from the same number as the first.

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RECEIVED CALL 404 845 0403 CALLED SAID DONNA HUNG UP MY VISA USSA MY IDENTITY WAS STOLEN AND GOT IN MY OTHER CARD MASTER CARD

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A guy from this same number, 404-845-0403, called me, but didn't say anything about winning money.  He had a low gruff voice, and he knew my first name.  That was disturbing.  He said,  "I've got it.  It's a wrap"  or something like that.  When I asked him who was calling, he didn't answer.  He just repeated the same statement, and I hung up quickly.  Bizarre.  He's called back twice after that, but I didn't answer.  I reported the call to the police.  They found out that it was United Publishers of America, a rip-off operation in Atlanta, GA.

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i did application over phone for ussa i had master card applicatio was for visa from ussa i ha my idenity stolen gave me a name big deal my credit is ruined tried to get good credit not like my past  my visa used fraudently

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NO NO NO  THIS IS SCAMMMMMM  A FEMALE CALLED AND ASK FOR ME AND SAID  YOU....JUST WON 5000 DOLLAR I SAID OMG YOU MUST BE KIDDING, SHE  SAID WHY?DO YOU NOT BELIEVE  ME AND I SAID  IAM NOT SURE., SHE CALLED ME STUPID HUNG UP ON... ... AND I WAS SOOOOO SHOCKED I CALLED BACK AND THEY DIDNT ANS PHONE... I REMEMBER GETTTING ON LINE  AND FILLING OUT THIS PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE SWEEPSTAKE FOR $5000 DOLLARS.,     AND i just wasnt thinking i i promise thats my last time every putting my name and number out here period... she knew by my voice and deamenor that i wasnt gonna atcept her lies... so she hung up .......... on me            stupid bi***!!!! want be getting my credit card number lol

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A couple days ago they called me from this number and asked to speak with me.. They told me that I was entered in a 5,000 dollar sweepstake and I had won, they wanted me to give them my CC info for verification!!! Thats crazy!! They just called again now and asked to speak with me again... I asked for a message and he just said.. "Its Mike Bradley, Ill try again later."

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If you call the number and ask to speak to a manager, they will take you off their phone call list!

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That is because it is a computer calling you. Once you pick up the phone, the computer logs the information in the system of what time you answered the phone, and of course your number. Then it rolls to a live person to call you back on another day.You will have to call them to get your number removed or, do as I do, and have a call zapper.  hehe  :-)

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I keep getting dead air when this same # comes through.

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Caller wanted to inform me I was entered into a drawing for $5000 and they then wanted to know if they could get my visa #...Yeah Right

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So, next time they call you and say they are calling from the government (assuming you pick up again) you just tell them that's interesting, as the US government doesn't run sweepstakes.  What country are you in?  And what is the penalty for theft in that country?  It can go on and on...!

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I have continuously received calls from this number telling me I have been entered into a sweepstakes for $5,000.  The caller was very aggressive in attempting to get my credit card number.  They said they were calling from the government and has called from different phone numbers, but this was the last one.

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i just got a call from these same people and they had my phone number and address. they wanted me to give them numbers from my bank account which made me know then that it was a scam. these people need to be stopped. i think they should have to actually pay each one of us $5000.00 and then they would think twice before they tried to scam anyone else...

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I got the same thing. Sounded suspicious. I didn't give them any of my information, but they already knew my name, address, and phone number. I looked them up, found a rip off report, and let the guy know that. When he heard that I thought his offer was a rip off, he hung up.

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the lady told me i was entered into a drawing for having good standards with my account right then i knew she was full of crap i don't have an account i told her to remove my number from her list and as i was hanging up the b told me that you don't have anything any way i am researching who they are now.

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this number just called me and asked for my husband, when I said he wasn't avaialable I asked who is calling. He said uhh, we'll try again later. I aked him againg who was calling and he stayed on the line for like 10 seconds then hing up on me!!!!I called back and spoke to some lady, I told her someone just called me and hung up. She said oh well someone will call you back. I told her I wanted to know who it was. She said well we have alot of departments so someone will call you back. then she said they are a publishing company and my husbands name has been picked to win $5000 dollars and someone will call me back. I laughed and hung up.   I guess scamming season has begun!!!!

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The next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances                                        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.Prize Offers: You Don’t Have to Pay to Play! http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel17.shtmCongratulations, it’s your lucky day! You’ve just won $5,000!You’re guaranteed to win a fabulous diamond ring, luxury vacation or all-terrain vehicle!If you receive a letter or phone call with a message like this, be skeptical. The $5,000 "prize" may cost you hundreds of dollars in taxes or service charges — and never arrive. Your "fabulous" prize may not be worth collecting. The diamond is likely to be the size of a pinhead. The "vacation" could be one night in a seedy motel, and the ATV, nothing more than a lounge chair on wheels!Scam artists often use the promise of a valuable prize or award to entice consumers to send money, buy overpriced products or services, or contribute to bogus charities. People who fall for their ploys may end up paying far more than their "prizes" are worth, if they get a prize at all. What these people are likely to get - especially if they signed up for a contest drawing at a public place or event — may be more than they bargained for: more promotions in the mail, more telemarketing calls and more unsolicited commercial email, or "spam." This is because many prize promoters sell the information they collect to advertisers. Worse yet, contest entrants might subject themselves to a bogus prize promotion scam.And The Winner Is... Everyone loves to be a winner. A recent research poll showed that more than half of all American adults entered sweepstakes within the past year. Most of these contests were run by reputable marketers and non-profit organizations to promote their products and services. Some lucky winners received millions of dollars or valuable prizes. Capitalizing on the popularity of these offers, some con artists disguise their schemes to look legitimate. And an alarming number of people take the bait. Every day, consumers throughout the United States lose thousands of dollars to unscrupulous prize promoters. During 1999 alone, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 10,000 complaints from consumers about gifts, sweepstakes and prize promotions. Many received telephone calls or postcards telling them they'd won a big prize - only to find out that to claim it, they had to buy something or pay as much as $10,000 in fees or other charges.There's a big difference between legitimate sweepstakes and fraudulent ones. Prizes in legitimate contests are awarded solely by chance, and contestants don't have to pay a fee or buy something to enter or increase their odds of winning. In fraudulent schemes, however, "winners" almost always have to dip into their pockets to enter a contest or collect their "prize."Skill Contests There's one notable exception: skill contests. These are puzzles, games or other contests in which prizes are awarded based on skill, knowledge or talent - not on chance. Contestants might be required to write a jingle, solve a puzzle or answer questions correctly to win.Unlike sweepstakes, skill contests may legally require contestants to buy something or make a payment or donation to enter. It's important to recognize that many consumers are deceptively lured into playing skill contests by easy initial questions or puzzles. Once they've sent their money and become "hooked," the questions get harder and the entry fees get steeper. Entrants in these contests rarely receive anything for their money and effort. Consumer Protections Several consumer laws help protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes and prize offers promoted through the mail or by phone. Telephone Solicitations Telemarketers frequently use sweepstakes and prize contests to sell magazines or other goods and services. These telemarketers make an initial contact with consumers through "cold calls," or take calls from consumers who are responding to a solicitation they received by mail.The Telemarketing Sales Rule helps protect consumers from fraudulent telemarketers who use prize promotions as a lure. In every telemarketing call involving a prize promotion, the law requires telemarketers to tell you:     the odds of winning a prize. If the odds can't be determined in advance, the promoter must tell you the factors used to calculate the odds.     that you don't have to pay a fee or buy something to win a prize or participate in the promotion.     if you ask, how to participate in the contest without buying or paying anything.     what you'll have to pay or the conditions you'll have to meet to receive or redeem a prize. The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from misrepresenting any of these facts, as well as the nature or value of the prizes. It also requires telemarketers who call you to pitch a prize promotion to tell you before they describe the prize that you don't have to buy or pay anything to enter or win.Written Solicitations Many sweepstakes promotions arrive by mail as a letter or postcard that instructs the consumer to respond by return mail or phone to enter a contest or collect a prize.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act helps protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes promotions sent through the mail. The law prohibits:     claims that you're a winner unless you've actually won a prize.     requirements that you buy something to enter the contest or to receive future sweepstakes mailings.     the mailing of fake checks that don't clearly state that they are non-negotiable and have no cash value.     seals, names or terms that imply an affilia-tion with or endorsement by the federal government. Skill Contests Skill contests also are covered by the new Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act. The law requires the sponsors to disclose in a clear and conspicuous way:     the terms, rules and conditions of the contest.     how many rounds of the contest you must achieve to win the grand prize.     the time frame for the winner to be determined.     the name of the contest's sponsor.     an address where you can reach the sponsor to request that your name be removed from the mailing list. Just Say "No" Another way to protect yourself is to request that your name be removed from mail and telephone solicitation lists. The Telemarketing Sales Rule requires telemarketers to keep a "do not call" list of consumers who have asked not to be called again. Calling a consumer who has made this request is illegal and can subject the telemarketer to a hefty fine.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act requires companies that use direct mail to maintain a similar "do not mail" list for consumers who call or write and ask that their name be removed from the mailing list. This new law gives caregivers the right to have the names of the friends and loved ones under their care removed from the mailing lists of undesirable solicitors.Another way to reduce mail and telephone solicitations is to contact the Direct Marketing Association to request that your name be placed on its "do not call," "do not mail" and "do not email" lists. Association members agree not to solicit consumers who have requested that they not be contacted. To have your name removed from direct mail marketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To have your name removed from telemarketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To "opt out" of receiving unsolicited commercial email, use the DMA's form at www.e-mps.org.A Dozen Ways to Protect YourselfThe next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.    Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.2.    Sponsors of legitimate contests identify themselves prominently; fraudulent promoters are more likely to downplay their identities. Legitimate promoters also provide you with an address or toll-free phone numbers so you can ask that your name be removed from their mailing list.3.    Bona fide offers clearly disclose the terms and conditions of the promotion in plain English, including rules, entry procedures, and usually, the odds of winning.4.    It’s highly unlikely that you’ve won a "big" prize if your notification was mailed by bulk rate. Check the postmark on the envelope or postcard. Also be suspicious of telemarketers who say you’ve won a contest you can’t remember entering.5.    Fraudulent promoters might instruct you to send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier to enter a contest or claim your "prize." This is a favorite ploy for con artists because it lets them take your money fast, before you realize you’ve been cheated.6.    Disreputable companies sometimes use a variation of an official or nationally recognized name to give you confidence in their offers. Don’t be deceived by these "look-alikes." It’s illegal for a promoter to misrepresent an affiliation with — or an endorsement by — a government agency or other well-known organization.7.    It’s important to read any written solicitation you receive carefully. Pay particularly close attention to the fine print. Remember the old adage that "the devil is in the details."8.    Agreeing to attend a sales meeting just to win an "expensive" prize is likely to subject you to a high-pressure sales pitch.9.    Signing up for a sweepstakes at a public location or event, through a publication or online might subject you to unscrupulous prize promotion tactics. You also might run the risk of having your personal information sold or shared with other marketers who later deluge you with offers and advertising.10.    Some contest promoters use a toll-free "800" number that directs you to dial a pay-per-call "900" number. Charges for calls to "900" numbers may be very high.11.    Disclosing your checking account or credit card account number over the phone in response to a sweepstakes promotion — or for any reason other than to buy the product or service being sold — is a sure-fire way to get scammed in the future.12.    Your local Better Business Bureau and your state or local consumer protection office can help you check out a sweepstakes promoter’s reputation. Be aware, however, that many questionable prize promotion companies don’t stay in one place long enough to establish a track record, and the absence of complaints doesn’t necessarily mean the offer is legitimate. To File a ComplaintConsumers who believe they have been victimized by fraudulent promotional offers also should contact their local postmaster or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by phone, toll-free, at: 1-888-877-7644; by email at: www.uspsoig.gov; or by mail at: U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100.If you have a problem with a sweepstakes or prize promotion after participating, and you are unable to resolve the problem directly with the company, contact:     The Direct Marketing Association, ConsumerLine, 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036-3603; phone 202-955-5030; fax 202-955-0085.     The Better Business Bureau where the company is located.     Call for Action, a network of radio and television station hotlines that offer resolution services for consumers. Call 301-657-7490 or write: Call for Action, 5272 River Road, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20816. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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They called my step son's cell phone, refused to identify themselves and really creeped him out. The number is for United Publishers in Atlanta. Their 800 number is 877-931-3237. Ask for the manager named Bill. He'll take you off the list.

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i just got that call, telling me i was entered in a sweepstakes for $5,000. he said his name was justin kennedy and i was going to recieve a $500 grocerie voucher. then the publishers are supposed to call me back and all i had to do is subscribe for a magazine, but when the supervisor(Clayton Davis) called back he was rude and had an attitude when i told him i was uncomfortable with giving my info over the phone. he told me either i was going to subscribe or i wasnt so, i told him to have a nice day. the phone # was 408-845-0403. the second call came from the same number as the first.

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RECEIVED CALL 404 845 0403 CALLED SAID DONNA HUNG UP MY VISA USSA MY IDENTITY WAS STOLEN AND GOT IN MY OTHER CARD MASTER CARD

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A guy from this same number, 404-845-0403, called me, but didn't say anything about winning money.  He had a low gruff voice, and he knew my first name.  That was disturbing.  He said,  "I've got it.  It's a wrap"  or something like that.  When I asked him who was calling, he didn't answer.  He just repeated the same statement, and I hung up quickly.  Bizarre.  He's called back twice after that, but I didn't answer.  I reported the call to the police.  They found out that it was United Publishers of America, a rip-off operation in Atlanta, GA.

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i did application over phone for ussa i had master card applicatio was for visa from ussa i ha my idenity stolen gave me a name big deal my credit is ruined tried to get good credit not like my past  my visa used fraudently

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NO NO NO  THIS IS SCAMMMMMM  A FEMALE CALLED AND ASK FOR ME AND SAID  YOU....JUST WON 5000 DOLLAR I SAID OMG YOU MUST BE KIDDING, SHE  SAID WHY?DO YOU NOT BELIEVE  ME AND I SAID  IAM NOT SURE., SHE CALLED ME STUPID HUNG UP ON... ... AND I WAS SOOOOO SHOCKED I CALLED BACK AND THEY DIDNT ANS PHONE... I REMEMBER GETTTING ON LINE  AND FILLING OUT THIS PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE SWEEPSTAKE FOR $5000 DOLLARS.,     AND i just wasnt thinking i i promise thats my last time every putting my name and number out here period... she knew by my voice and deamenor that i wasnt gonna atcept her lies... so she hung up .......... on me            stupid bi***!!!! want be getting my credit card number lol

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A couple days ago they called me from this number and asked to speak with me.. They told me that I was entered in a 5,000 dollar sweepstake and I had won, they wanted me to give them my CC info for verification!!! Thats crazy!! They just called again now and asked to speak with me again... I asked for a message and he just said.. "Its Mike Bradley, Ill try again later."

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If you call the number and ask to speak to a manager, they will take you off their phone call list!

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That is because it is a computer calling you. Once you pick up the phone, the computer logs the information in the system of what time you answered the phone, and of course your number. Then it rolls to a live person to call you back on another day.You will have to call them to get your number removed or, do as I do, and have a call zapper.  hehe  :-)

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I keep getting dead air when this same # comes through.

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Caller wanted to inform me I was entered into a drawing for $5000 and they then wanted to know if they could get my visa #...Yeah Right

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So, next time they call you and say they are calling from the government (assuming you pick up again) you just tell them that's interesting, as the US government doesn't run sweepstakes.  What country are you in?  And what is the penalty for theft in that country?  It can go on and on...!

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I have continuously received calls from this number telling me I have been entered into a sweepstakes for $5,000.  The caller was very aggressive in attempting to get my credit card number.  They said they were calling from the government and has called from different phone numbers, but this was the last one.

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i just got a call from these same people and they had my phone number and address. they wanted me to give them numbers from my bank account which made me know then that it was a scam. these people need to be stopped. i think they should have to actually pay each one of us $5000.00 and then they would think twice before they tried to scam anyone else...

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I got the same thing. Sounded suspicious. I didn't give them any of my information, but they already knew my name, address, and phone number. I looked them up, found a rip off report, and let the guy know that. When he heard that I thought his offer was a rip off, he hung up.

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the lady told me i was entered into a drawing for having good standards with my account right then i knew she was full of crap i don't have an account i told her to remove my number from her list and as i was hanging up the b told me that you don't have anything any way i am researching who they are now.

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this number just called me and asked for my husband, when I said he wasn't avaialable I asked who is calling. He said uhh, we'll try again later. I aked him againg who was calling and he stayed on the line for like 10 seconds then hing up on me!!!!I called back and spoke to some lady, I told her someone just called me and hung up. She said oh well someone will call you back. I told her I wanted to know who it was. She said well we have alot of departments so someone will call you back. then she said they are a publishing company and my husbands name has been picked to win $5000 dollars and someone will call me back. I laughed and hung up.   I guess scamming season has begun!!!!

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The next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances                                        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.Prize Offers: You Don’t Have to Pay to Play! http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel17.shtmCongratulations, it’s your lucky day! You’ve just won $5,000!You’re guaranteed to win a fabulous diamond ring, luxury vacation or all-terrain vehicle!If you receive a letter or phone call with a message like this, be skeptical. The $5,000 "prize" may cost you hundreds of dollars in taxes or service charges — and never arrive. Your "fabulous" prize may not be worth collecting. The diamond is likely to be the size of a pinhead. The "vacation" could be one night in a seedy motel, and the ATV, nothing more than a lounge chair on wheels!Scam artists often use the promise of a valuable prize or award to entice consumers to send money, buy overpriced products or services, or contribute to bogus charities. People who fall for their ploys may end up paying far more than their "prizes" are worth, if they get a prize at all. What these people are likely to get - especially if they signed up for a contest drawing at a public place or event — may be more than they bargained for: more promotions in the mail, more telemarketing calls and more unsolicited commercial email, or "spam." This is because many prize promoters sell the information they collect to advertisers. Worse yet, contest entrants might subject themselves to a bogus prize promotion scam.And The Winner Is... Everyone loves to be a winner. A recent research poll showed that more than half of all American adults entered sweepstakes within the past year. Most of these contests were run by reputable marketers and non-profit organizations to promote their products and services. Some lucky winners received millions of dollars or valuable prizes. Capitalizing on the popularity of these offers, some con artists disguise their schemes to look legitimate. And an alarming number of people take the bait. Every day, consumers throughout the United States lose thousands of dollars to unscrupulous prize promoters. During 1999 alone, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 10,000 complaints from consumers about gifts, sweepstakes and prize promotions. Many received telephone calls or postcards telling them they'd won a big prize - only to find out that to claim it, they had to buy something or pay as much as $10,000 in fees or other charges.There's a big difference between legitimate sweepstakes and fraudulent ones. Prizes in legitimate contests are awarded solely by chance, and contestants don't have to pay a fee or buy something to enter or increase their odds of winning. In fraudulent schemes, however, "winners" almost always have to dip into their pockets to enter a contest or collect their "prize."Skill Contests There's one notable exception: skill contests. These are puzzles, games or other contests in which prizes are awarded based on skill, knowledge or talent - not on chance. Contestants might be required to write a jingle, solve a puzzle or answer questions correctly to win.Unlike sweepstakes, skill contests may legally require contestants to buy something or make a payment or donation to enter. It's important to recognize that many consumers are deceptively lured into playing skill contests by easy initial questions or puzzles. Once they've sent their money and become "hooked," the questions get harder and the entry fees get steeper. Entrants in these contests rarely receive anything for their money and effort. Consumer Protections Several consumer laws help protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes and prize offers promoted through the mail or by phone. Telephone Solicitations Telemarketers frequently use sweepstakes and prize contests to sell magazines or other goods and services. These telemarketers make an initial contact with consumers through "cold calls," or take calls from consumers who are responding to a solicitation they received by mail.The Telemarketing Sales Rule helps protect consumers from fraudulent telemarketers who use prize promotions as a lure. In every telemarketing call involving a prize promotion, the law requires telemarketers to tell you:     the odds of winning a prize. If the odds can't be determined in advance, the promoter must tell you the factors used to calculate the odds.     that you don't have to pay a fee or buy something to win a prize or participate in the promotion.     if you ask, how to participate in the contest without buying or paying anything.     what you'll have to pay or the conditions you'll have to meet to receive or redeem a prize. The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from misrepresenting any of these facts, as well as the nature or value of the prizes. It also requires telemarketers who call you to pitch a prize promotion to tell you before they describe the prize that you don't have to buy or pay anything to enter or win.Written Solicitations Many sweepstakes promotions arrive by mail as a letter or postcard that instructs the consumer to respond by return mail or phone to enter a contest or collect a prize.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act helps protect consumers against fraudulent sweepstakes promotions sent through the mail. The law prohibits:     claims that you're a winner unless you've actually won a prize.     requirements that you buy something to enter the contest or to receive future sweepstakes mailings.     the mailing of fake checks that don't clearly state that they are non-negotiable and have no cash value.     seals, names or terms that imply an affilia-tion with or endorsement by the federal government. Skill Contests Skill contests also are covered by the new Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act. The law requires the sponsors to disclose in a clear and conspicuous way:     the terms, rules and conditions of the contest.     how many rounds of the contest you must achieve to win the grand prize.     the time frame for the winner to be determined.     the name of the contest's sponsor.     an address where you can reach the sponsor to request that your name be removed from the mailing list. Just Say "No" Another way to protect yourself is to request that your name be removed from mail and telephone solicitation lists. The Telemarketing Sales Rule requires telemarketers to keep a "do not call" list of consumers who have asked not to be called again. Calling a consumer who has made this request is illegal and can subject the telemarketer to a hefty fine.The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act requires companies that use direct mail to maintain a similar "do not mail" list for consumers who call or write and ask that their name be removed from the mailing list. This new law gives caregivers the right to have the names of the friends and loved ones under their care removed from the mailing lists of undesirable solicitors.Another way to reduce mail and telephone solicitations is to contact the Direct Marketing Association to request that your name be placed on its "do not call," "do not mail" and "do not email" lists. Association members agree not to solicit consumers who have requested that they not be contacted. To have your name removed from direct mail marketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To have your name removed from telemarketing lists, write: Direct Marketing Association, Preference Service Manager, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036-6700. To "opt out" of receiving unsolicited commercial email, use the DMA's form at www.e-mps.org.A Dozen Ways to Protect YourselfThe next time you get a "personal" letter or telephone call telling you "it’s your lucky day," the Federal Trade Commission encourages you to remember that: 1.    Legitimate sweepstakes don’t require you to pay or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning, or to pay "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to get your prize. If you have to pay to receive your "prize," it’s not a prize at all.2.    Sponsors of legitimate contests identify themselves prominently; fraudulent promoters are more likely to downplay their identities. Legitimate promoters also provide you with an address or toll-free phone numbers so you can ask that your name be removed from their mailing list.3.    Bona fide offers clearly disclose the terms and conditions of the promotion in plain English, including rules, entry procedures, and usually, the odds of winning.4.    It’s highly unlikely that you’ve won a "big" prize if your notification was mailed by bulk rate. Check the postmark on the envelope or postcard. Also be suspicious of telemarketers who say you’ve won a contest you can’t remember entering.5.    Fraudulent promoters might instruct you to send a check or money order by overnight delivery or courier to enter a contest or claim your "prize." This is a favorite ploy for con artists because it lets them take your money fast, before you realize you’ve been cheated.6.    Disreputable companies sometimes use a variation of an official or nationally recognized name to give you confidence in their offers. Don’t be deceived by these "look-alikes." It’s illegal for a promoter to misrepresent an affiliation with — or an endorsement by — a government agency or other well-known organization.7.    It’s important to read any written solicitation you receive carefully. Pay particularly close attention to the fine print. Remember the old adage that "the devil is in the details."8.    Agreeing to attend a sales meeting just to win an "expensive" prize is likely to subject you to a high-pressure sales pitch.9.    Signing up for a sweepstakes at a public location or event, through a publication or online might subject you to unscrupulous prize promotion tactics. You also might run the risk of having your personal information sold or shared with other marketers who later deluge you with offers and advertising.10.    Some contest promoters use a toll-free "800" number that directs you to dial a pay-per-call "900" number. Charges for calls to "900" numbers may be very high.11.    Disclosing your checking account or credit card account number over the phone in response to a sweepstakes promotion — or for any reason other than to buy the product or service being sold — is a sure-fire way to get scammed in the future.12.    Your local Better Business Bureau and your state or local consumer protection office can help you check out a sweepstakes promoter’s reputation. Be aware, however, that many questionable prize promotion companies don’t stay in one place long enough to establish a track record, and the absence of complaints doesn’t necessarily mean the offer is legitimate. To File a ComplaintConsumers who believe they have been victimized by fraudulent promotional offers also should contact their local postmaster or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by phone, toll-free, at: 1-888-877-7644; by email at: www.uspsoig.gov; or by mail at: U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100.If you have a problem with a sweepstakes or prize promotion after participating, and you are unable to resolve the problem directly with the company, contact:     The Direct Marketing Association, ConsumerLine, 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036-3603; phone 202-955-5030; fax 202-955-0085.     The Better Business Bureau where the company is located.     Call for Action, a network of radio and television station hotlines that offer resolution services for consumers. Call 301-657-7490 or write: Call for Action, 5272 River Road, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20816. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
They called my step son's cell phone, refused to identify themselves and really creeped him out. The number is for United Publishers in Atlanta. Their 800 number is 877-931-3237. Ask for the manager named Bill. He'll take you off the list.

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72 Report Long ago Unknown
i just got that call, telling me i was entered in a sweepstakes for $5,000. he said his name was justin kennedy and i was going to recieve a $500 grocerie voucher. then the publishers are supposed to call me back and all i had to do is subscribe for a magazine, but when the supervisor(Clayton Davis) called back he was rude and had an attitude when i told him i was uncomfortable with giving my info over the phone. he told me either i was going to subscribe or i wasnt so, i told him to have a nice day. the phone # was 408-845-0403. the second call came from the same number as the first.

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
RECEIVED CALL 404 845 0403 CALLED SAID DONNA HUNG UP MY VISA USSA MY IDENTITY WAS STOLEN AND GOT IN MY OTHER CARD MASTER CARD

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
A guy from this same number, 404-845-0403, called me, but didn't say anything about winning money.  He had a low gruff voice, and he knew my first name.  That was disturbing.  He said,  "I've got it.  It's a wrap"  or something like that.  When I asked him who was calling, he didn't answer.  He just repeated the same statement, and I hung up quickly.  Bizarre.  He's called back twice after that, but I didn't answer.  I reported the call to the police.  They found out that it was United Publishers of America, a rip-off operation in Atlanta, GA.

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
i did application over phone for ussa i had master card applicatio was for visa from ussa i ha my idenity stolen gave me a name big deal my credit is ruined tried to get good credit not like my past  my visa used fraudently

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
NO NO NO  THIS IS SCAMMMMMM  A FEMALE CALLED AND ASK FOR ME AND SAID  YOU....JUST WON 5000 DOLLAR I SAID OMG YOU MUST BE KIDDING, SHE  SAID WHY?DO YOU NOT BELIEVE  ME AND I SAID  IAM NOT SURE., SHE CALLED ME STUPID HUNG UP ON... ... AND I WAS SOOOOO SHOCKED I CALLED BACK AND THEY DIDNT ANS PHONE... I REMEMBER GETTTING ON LINE  AND FILLING OUT THIS PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE SWEEPSTAKE FOR $5000 DOLLARS.,     AND i just wasnt thinking i i promise thats my last time every putting my name and number out here period... she knew by my voice and deamenor that i wasnt gonna atcept her lies... so she hung up .......... on me            stupid bi***!!!! want be getting my credit card number lol

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
A couple days ago they called me from this number and asked to speak with me.. They told me that I was entered in a 5,000 dollar sweepstake and I had won, they wanted me to give them my CC info for verification!!! Thats crazy!! They just called again now and asked to speak with me again... I asked for a message and he just said.. "Its Mike Bradley, Ill try again later."

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
If you call the number and ask to speak to a manager, they will take you off their phone call list!

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
That is because it is a computer calling you. Once you pick up the phone, the computer logs the information in the system of what time you answered the phone, and of course your number. Then it rolls to a live person to call you back on another day.You will have to call them to get your number removed or, do as I do, and have a call zapper.  hehe  :-)

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
I keep getting dead air when this same # comes through.

404-845-0403

72 Report Long ago Unknown
Caller wanted to inform me I was entered into a drawing for $5000 and they then wanted to know if they could get my visa #...Yeah Right

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I've gotten thirteen calls from this number in four days, I've not answered any and the voicemails are always just background noise and then an abrupt hangup. I've no idea what DOBA is and I've never signed up for or expressed interest in dropship services, so all I can think is that this is a scam number.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I picked up the phone.  The person whispered something like "attica."  I said hello again; they hung up.  I did not sign up for anything.  Hard to believe I would sign up for a prank call.  Another scam.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
My phone number is less than 48 hours old and this number has already called me.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
In reply to RP and Gary.Look at S reply. You guys are obviously reps for this company. Get a life!

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
DOBA dropship company. WILL NOT STOP CALLING. THEY DO THIS EVERY DAY WHILE IM ASLEEP TOO.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I use to sign up the drop ship company but I don't interested already, so during the time I'm in grocery store , they called meAnd I told them, I'm at the supermarketIf you want you can call later , so the guy on the phoneAsk me about when I will be finished shopng withThe bad voice make me upset.  They call almost Everyday.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Been getting 3-4 calls every day for last 3 weeks and never even heard of them let alone signed up for anything. Worst thing is, they call me on my company cell phone!

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I did not sign up for your business.  I have no desire for drop shipping.  I am sure you guys are a fly by night business...

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
You're correct, you have to be careful what information you put online. Are you listening facebook people? When stores press me, I use a phone number I had years ago. Something else people may want to consider is throw away email address'. They're good for 1 hour to a month. Useful on some of these web sites.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Then pick up the phone and tell them your not interested.  I know that is tough since you have to get off of the couch.  However as mentioned, once you sign up for information your behind has a target on it for calls.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Signing up for information does not give DOBA or any other company/person/organization the right to harrass people with repeated phone calls.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Y'ALL NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR INFORMATION ON THEIR SERVICES AND YOU KNEW YOU WAS GONNA GET CALLED BACK FROM THEM THAT YOU WAS INTERESTED ON THEIR SERVICES. SO WHO'S FAULT IS IT? NOT THEIRS.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
These people call me and I'm on the DON'T CALL LIST. Someone please put a stop to this.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
They continue to call me sometimes3 or 4 times within 20 minutes,have left messages not interested,they also call from several other numbers,not sure how to make them stop

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
They call me every 3 hours for the last 12 days and will not stop!

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I just want to report a # that has been calling me twice today & consecutively. If i have to block the# then i will.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Received another call today. I called back and left a message to have me added to their do not call list for the third time. DOBA plays fast and loose with the way they do business. They hide behind a bunch of different company names and their prices aren't good at all. Just stay away from them and use true wholesalers.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I didn't sign up for your service of prank calls.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
if you signed up for information on DOBA ecommerce you knew you was gonna get a call back for interest on their services so who's fault is that? not them.

623-432-5942

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I signed up for more info on Doba ecommerce services. They called me the first time about one month ago, where I specifically asked them to put me on their do not call list. I received at least 2 more phone calls from them in the last 30 days. I have asked a second time to be put on their do not call list.

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