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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.


Happy Holidays from NSC

Dec 15, 2016
NSC Announcements

International Sweepstakes & the New General Data Protection Regulations

Dec 08, 2016

If you conduct business overseas, you may already be familiar with the GDPR. And, if you are collecting and processing data from a citizen of the EU (say, for example in an international sweepstakes or contest) these new regulations most definitely apply to you! Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Prize Coverage

Dec 01, 2016
Promotion Tips

Have you ever wondered how brands can afford to offer big prizes (we’re talking millions) in their promotions? Here's a breakdown of how Prize Coverage can work for you. Read More

Happy Thanksgiving from NSC

Nov 24, 2016
NSC Announcements

Wishing you a day filled with family, friends, food and a little relaxation from our family to yours. Read More

    Social Media Contests & Sweepstakes on Pinterest (new Guidelines)

    Nov 17, 2016
    Promotion Tips

    Whether you’ve run a social media contest or sweepstakes on Pinterest before or you’re in the process of thinking one up, you’ll want to pay close attention to their latest guidelines so you can brainstorm and plan accordingly. Read More

    How to Determine the ARV of a Prize

    Nov 10, 2016
    Promotion Tips

    When we write the official rules for your sweepstakes or contest, we need to determine and disclose the approximate retail value (or “ARV”) of each prize you are awarding. And, while some prizes are very easy to attribute a value, others may be a bit more tricky. Read More

    Promotion Definitions: Why Sweepstakes Can't Be Called Contests

    Nov 04, 2016
    Promotion Tips

    If you’ve worked with us before, you know we are pretty particular about the terminology we use when talking about different types of promotions. We never call a contest a sweepstakes and we never call a sweepstakes a contest. But, why is that? What does it matter? Read More

    Black Friday Promotion Tips

    Oct 27, 2016
    Promotion Tips

    If you are planning on running a sweepstakes or contest surrounding Black Friday, you’ll want to get the ball rolling on that now. Here’s what you need to get started! Read More

    Flashback Friday: Promotion Tips and Fall Ideas

    Oct 21, 2016
    Promotion Tips

    Instead of posting something new this week, we thought we’d flashback to a couple of posts that are definitely worth revisiting. Read More

      What are Entry Periods and Why Should I Consider Them?

      Oct 13, 2016
      Promotion Tips

      If you’re new to the promotional world, you may have heard the term “entry periods”, but might not know exactly what they are and how they can help you create continued buzz throughout your promotion period. Here are the details... Read More