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Consumer Alert

Sweepstakes winners are NOT required to pay any money before receiving their prize. If you have been called or have been mailed notification that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and need to send money before receiving your prize you are most likely being scammed.

Over the past few years, NSC has advised consumers not to fall prey to these frauds. Unfortunately, these individuals are now using our name and logo in order to appear legitimate.  These sweepstakes are NOT legitimate and are in no way associated with NSC.

If you have been notified that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and are asked for money please contact your State Attorney General, or you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

For more information, please click here or call 800-894-5461.


Facebook's Latest Promotion Requirements (Effective 11/5/14)

Feb 17, 2015
Promotion Tips


They did it again!  And, like always, the changes to Facebook's promotion guidelines will most certainly affect how you run certain promotions on Facebook. The best way to ensure your sweepstakes or contest doesn't get removed from your page is to be "in the know" and comply, comply, comply.


  • Require or encourage people to tag themselves
  • Require entrants to "like" your page to enter
  • Afford entries for friend referrals (updated 2/26/15)


  • Ask entrants to send a message to your page
  • Ask entrants to comment or "like" a post on your page
  • Ask entrants to post to your page


  • Disclose charges.  If your game includes in-app charges, you need to disclose this in your app's description so that people are aware prior to playing the game.

We see a lot of our clients run contests and sweepstakes on Facebook, with "like gating" being an integral piece of the entry process.  Unfortunately, you just won't be able to do this anymore. And, if you think about it, it makes sense. You want people to like and follow your page because they actually have interest in your brand. Not, just because they have the chance to win something cool.

Nonetheless, the new guidelines still throw a wrench in most social sweepstakes and promotion plans. So, you'll need to rethink your strategy and ensure your official rules are on the up and up. We're here to help:  800-894-5461.

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