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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.

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First time running a sweepstakes? Here's a few tips.

First time running a sweepstakes? Here’s what you should be thinking about before you get the ball rolling.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/08/first-time-running-a-sweepstakes-heres-a-few-tips/

7 Tips for a Successful Sweepstakes

We're a little over halfway through the year, so we're recapping 7 ways to ensure a successful sweepstakes. We've got ideas, rules and more!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/07/7-tips-for-a-successful-sweepstakes/

FTC Requirements when Advertising a Sweepstakes

Summer is the perfect time to refresh ourselves with the latest FTC requirements when it comes to s advertising a game of chance. Here's a few rules.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/06/ftc-requirements-when-advertising-a-sweepstakes/

Games of Chance Still Require an AMOE

It’s been a while since we talked about the “free entry method” requirements for sweepstakes. Here's what you need to know about AMOE.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/06/games-of-chance-still-require-an-amoe/

5 Awesome Trade Show Giveaway Ideas

Today, we’re talking about trade show giveaways and sharing ways you can maximize your efforts on site.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/04/5-awesome-trade-show-giveaway-ideas/

15 Reasons to run a sweepstakes in 2017

Whether you’re on the fence about running a sweepstakes this year or you’re pretty certain you’re going to give it a try, it never hurts to brush up on the many reasons launching a sweepstakes is a win for you.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/02/15-reasons-to-run-a-sweepstakes-in-2017/

Summer Promotion Ideas!

We are so ready for sunshine,summer cloths and the smell of barbecue. We write lots of blogs surrounding the various laws surrounding promotional activity – and today, we decided to ditch the legal chit chat and share a couple of fun summer sweepstakes an…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/06/summer-promotion-ideas/

Risk-Free Prizes offer Huge Rewards - Insured Prize Overview

We've all seen the ads that scream: "You could win $1,000,000 cash!" But have you ever wondered how brands can afford to award a prize so large? I promise you that most companies don't have a million dollars floating around to give away. So how do the…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/12/risk-free-prizes-offer-huge-rewards-insured-prize-overview/

Do I Need to Bond & Register My Sweepstakes?

It's one of the most commonly asked client questions, and this is one of those questions that doesn't have a simple "yes" or "no" answer.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/09/do-i-need-to-bond-register-my-sweepstakes/

Fabulous Prizes! What Is It That Consumers Are Looking For?

It's been said many times before: holding sweepstakes and contests online is a great way to market a business. It opens the brand up to an entirely new customer base, creates awareness for products and services, and can even be used to obtain photos and v…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/07/fabulous-prizes-what-is-it-that-consumers-are-looking-for/

Three of the Strangest Prizes Given Away in a Sweepstakes

Some brands get really creative with the prizes they offer - we've seen everything from the ultimate "live like a celebrity" experience to a gift basket filled with, ahem...toilet paper.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/05/three-of-the-strangest-prizes-given-away-at-sweepstakes/

Three Sweepstakes Marketing Benefits You Never Realized

Having a sweepstakes might seem like an odd way to market a brand, but it's been proven time and time again to be an effective strategy.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/05/three-sweepstakes-marketing-benefits-you-never-realized/

Three Things You Need to Know About Writing Sweepstakes Rules

Just by running a sweepstakes, you can increase the number of people who interact with your brand, create new brand relationships, and begin the customer conversion process.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/03/three-things-you-need-to-know-about-writing-sweepstakes-rules/

How Can Holding a Contest or Sweepstakes have a Positive Effect on Your Company?

Holding sweepstakes and contests online can have many benefits for your company and brand. Here are just a few things you can accomplish with a well-designed contest or sweepstakes
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/02/how-can-holding-a-contest-or-sweepstakes-have-a-positive-effect-on-your-company/

Why You Need a Sweepstakes Administrator

Although it might be tempting to run a sweepstakes on your own, you could find yourself in the middle of a PR nightmare or even a legal battle by going solo. And, like most professionals these days, you’re probably already wearing lots of hats – so, hirin…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/01/why-you-need-a-sweepstakes-administrator/

What's the Difference Between Sweepstakes and Contests?

Contest and sweepstakes rules and regulations are complex and different from each other, and you can end up in legal trouble if you do something as simple as labeling a contest as a sweepstakes. Since it's pretty common to confuse the two, we thought we'…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/01/whats-the-difference-between-sweepstakes-and-contests/

Tips for Running a Successful Social Media Sweepstakes

Social media sweepstakes can be a great way to improve your company's visibility online and drive sales, but only if you go about it in the right way. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your social media sweepstakes.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2015/01/tips-for-running-a-successful-social-media-sweepstakes/