Tuesday, March 20, 2007

LOTTERY "YOU WIN" EMAILS are SCAMS


OK my heart jumps everytime I get a "YOU ARE A WINNER" or a "YOU WIN" email.
but when I see LOTTERY in the heading or the body of the email , my heart quickly SINKS............
these are FAKE EMAILS DONT EVER FALL FOR THEM AND DONT EVER GIVE THEM YOUR INFORMATION

HERE IS MORE INFORMATION IF YOU WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT HOW TO SPOT THESE FRAUDULENT EMAILS
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/lottery.asp


HERE IS AN EXAMPLE from my email JUST TODAY:

The National Lottery
P.O.Box 10,
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM.

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to notify you the draw (#1032) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY,Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on March
2007.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from
Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa,
and North & South America as part of our international promotions
programme conducted once in a week to encourage prospective
overseas entries. The internet emailing idea was used, since most
people do are not able to purchase tickets and play outside the UK.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
£750,000.00(Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling's) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03, and your batch and reference
numbers are UNL534635 and HY84768 respectively.This is from a total cash
prize of £2,250,000.00 (Two Million Two Hundred And Fifty Thousand Pounds
Sterling's),
to be shared by you and two others, in this category I.e. Match 6.

Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated
period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
You may wish to establish contact via e-mail or call him for more
information, with the particulars presented below sending
batch and reference numbers and these information's below
for quick verifications and release of funds.
1. Full name..............
2. Contact Address........
3. Age....................
4. Telephone Number.......
5. Marital Status.........
6. Sex....................
7. Company................
8.Country................

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr. Blair Stevenson.
Email: claimsofficedpt_007@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: + 44 701 113 3368

Please be Warned!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to
be using National Lottery addresses, but are not from The National
Lottery.

Our winners are assured of the ultermost standards of
confidentiality,
and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they
so
desire.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
At your disposal, we remain,

Very Truly Yours,
Mrs. Edwin Eddy.

Monday, March 19, 2007

TAXES on wins ?


YEP THATS RIGHT YOU GUESSED IT, CANT WIN ANYTHING WITHOUT UNCLE SAM WANTING A PIECE OF THE ACTION! Last year we had to pay a DOUBLE state tax on a casino win with a NO CASH BACK from mississippi, they are calling their tax a 'service charge' now! YIKES..........

Most companies that offer prizes of value send you a 1099 or a MISC. INCOME / PRIZE WIN tax sheet to make it easy for you to know what to claim on your taxes. NOW the problem with this is that many items are valued at MORE than the current years price, at least for freelancers! :) soooooooooooo if you do win something check the ARV (what you will have to claim) and if you do find it cheaper before tax time notify the company with ALL of the information. Most of the time they will change it for you. If they don't, you can clip the add, do a screen shot etc of the EXACT ITEM (make sure of this) and the price and date (must be in a short time period of you rec'ving your prize) so that you can claim ACTUAL VALUE instead of ARV.

When you claim prize winnings you can ALSO CLAIM deductions up to the amount of your win. This includes and and all supplies that directly relates to your sweepstakes entry. FOR EXAMPLE: if you send in lots of mail in sweeps SAVE YOUR RECTS and claim it all 100% of your postage, envelopes, 3x5's etc.

LOSING LOTTERY TICKETS, BINGO , any wagers that you make for gambling and/or sweepstakes can all be deducted. DO YOU USE YOUR COMPUTER EXCLUSIVELY FOR CONTEST ENTRIES? CLAIM THAT TOO, and your INTERNET CHARGES TOO!

SWEEPSTAKE PUBLICATIONS etc...... all count

Get the picture? you don't have to take a total loss on your wins if you have expenses to get the wins!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mail In Sweepstakes


It will cost ya a stamp (soon to be 41c for reg. envelope) to enter these but the payoff, well, it seems it is REALLY BIG! "Serious" sweeper like these contests because the odds are better (let me explain) than strictly an online contest.

I don't know about you, but for me it is so much easier to use robo-form and/or type to enter contests than to hand write my NAZT and hand address envelopes. This sentiment is usually the case, thereby eliminating most people from the competition and making it pretty much a competition among the serious sweepers. Of course this isn't ALWAYS true, and it does only take one entry to win, but I know personally and read about many who will literally hand address 100's of envelopes per night/week and mail them from "all over town" rather than from one mailbox. Now, these VERY SAME PEOPLE are winning $$, cars, plama tvs, trips and many huge prizes that we don't win as frequently by entering only the "online" sweeps.

On occasion, I will get a mail in sweepstakes that strikes my fancy and enter it, not just one time, but about 10 or 20 entries for the contest. That doesn't seem like a lot to those that enter these regularly, but for me it is alot! :) Recently I posted one of those sweepstakes in the newsletter for you to enter if you like.
LOWES CONTEST. I like this contest because there are over 3 MILLION PRIZES
so I feel that the odds are in "anyone's" favor! :) The other type of mail in entries that I like are SECOND CHANCE DRAWINGS and/or limited area drawings. I feel that they ALSO carry better odds than most mail in sweepstakes.

I have "sent for" codes or game pieces in the past and have been lucky a FEW times to actually win with one that was mailed to me rather than purchased on a product. This usually costs you extra with your SASE that must be enclosed, so make sure the product that you would have to buy, costs you much more than the 80c for postage both ways............ or you loose........money (that make sense or cents?) YEA FOR VERMONT SWEEPERS who only pay 1 way! NO STAMPED ENVIE NEEDED FOR RETURN!

I have a couple of great friends who enter the mail in sweeps with an "occasional" internet sweep - the exact opposite of me- but they win regularly and BIG, where I win occasionally and mostly "small" but it keeps me happy. This like anything else pays according to what you put in it, the more you play the more you get paid!

I really would love to win a CAR one day, it is one of the few things I haven't won. I see so many mail in sweepers winning these that it tempts me to invest some time, stamps and energy into these.

if you are interested in primarily MAIL IN SWEEPS try this service, I am a member of this site, but only for reviewing and OCCASIONAL entries, the owner is FRIENDLY and there is a GROUP to sign up for too. THERE ARE HUGE WINNERS ON THIS SITE!
http://www.sweepingamerica.com
the cost is not cheap.........but.........if you are SERIOUS about winning and win large prizes, you need a tax deduction, and this is tax deductible AGAINST YOUR WINNINGS (not to exceed winning amount)
$10 for 1 month
$36 for 6 months
$52 for a year
but there are ways to earn free issues, submitting contests & referring friends
IF YOU TELL JUDY I SENT YA I EARN AN ISSUE, not necessary but would be nice!
anjie@ctsi.net