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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.


Contests of Skill: The Basics

Jan 14, 2016

0000575_contestbasics_630.jpgYou'll find us talking about sweepstakes and other games of chance quite often, as they are the most popular type of promotion run by our clients.  But, contests of skill are not far behind where popularity is concerned, so we thought we'd dedicate a post to highlight a contest's key components:

  • Skill. The first component is skill or effort put forth by the entrant.  The skill or effort can be as complex as submitting a manuscript, or as simple as submitting a photo depicting something requested by the Sponsor.  Be sure to let us know what skill you wish to incorporate!  We'll help ensure that the skill passes the compliance test!
  • Judging.  The second component is the method in which the winners will be selected.  For a contest, all entries must be judged equally based upon a pre-set judging criteria. We'll help you determine the criteria and ensure there are no chance elements to avoid violating gambling laws.
  • Prize. Like all promotions, there will need to be a prize or prizes.  Many contests include first, second and third place winners (or runners up) in addition to a grand prize winner who takes the cake.  We'll help you concept your prizing, procure your prizing and fulfill it to the winners!

Most importantly - All entries must be judged in accordance with your Official Rules, whether you have 10 entries or 10 million entries.

Stay tuned for a follow up post that will address the most commonly asked questions and answers when it comes to contests.  In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google !

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