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Complaint Review: THE SWEEPSTAKES INFORMATION REPORTING SERVICES

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  • Submitted: Mon, January 10, 2005
  • Updated: Tue, January 25, 2005

  • Reported By:hampton Virginia
THE SWEEPSTAKES INFORMATION REPORTING SERVICES
P.O. BOX 36999 LAS VEGAS, Nevada U.S.A.

S.I.R.S THE SWEEPSTAKES INFORMATION REPORTING SERVICES ripoff LAS VEGAS Nevada

*Consumer Suggestion: How to Make Yourself Immune to these Scams

*Consumer Comment: I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw $525,439.00!

*Consumer Suggestion: Consumer Suggestion

*Consumer Comment: What a load of crap

*Consumer Comment: If Only It Was True...

*Consumer Comment: If Only It Was True...

*Consumer Comment: If Only It Was True...

*Consumer Comment: If Only It Was True...

*Consumer Comment: Thank you. If it is to good to be true, it probably is not true!

*Consumer Comment: Glad I checked on-line about this --- SCAM!!! Thanks for this site!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: I got one too!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: The back of the letter says it all...

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: THEY RIP-ME-OFF

*Consumer Comment: SCAM--No Doubt About It!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Miss

*Consumer Comment: Just think about it Scammers - big time.

*Consumer Comment: I also got this same letter.... SCAM

*Consumer Comment: Just search for SIRS or S. I. R. S. on this site

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Greetings,
The name is John, and well I got a letter in the mail today addressed to me and letter came from:
BUREAU OF FINANCIAL REPORTS
REVIEW AND CLAIMS DEPT.


121 - V1274 U.S. MAIL
It's also stamed confidential and presort first class with mailed jan 8th, 05

Well the letter stands that I have won $525,439.00 U.S.D and states that I have to mail in $21.95 U.S.D to them for process report and postage. Well I read the letter over and over again and wanted to let you guys take your hand at it:

Stated:
Dear (my name)

Pursuant the headline above and though which we are now contacting you via this dated correspondence, please understand that this is NOT a preliminary or qualification letter of cash prize status: YOU HAVE WON! A CASH PRIZE

This letter constitutes actual designation of (my name) as a cash prize winnder! May we offer our warmest wishes at this moment from the management and executive offices, as well as our entire organization and staff of the S.I.R.S. Control office.

Please be assured of the veracity of this documentation!

Your name was identified among a tine percentage of ALL eligible Individual who could have received this notice . The fact that you have won a cash prize from S.I.R.S. must be thrilling and somewhat overwhelming - We ask that you read carefully. Do not skip ahead. Your response to this letter is MANDATORY to claim the cash prize you have been selected to receive.

To initiate issuance of your Prize Check, you must RETURN THE DOCUMENT BELOW before the requested deadline date specefied on the enclosure according to the rules and terms herein. Failure to do so will invaladate the prize confirmation and result in forfeiture of the check awaiting dispatch to you directly by secured mail

We would like to proceed with resolution of your cash prize quickly!

[#1]: Your cash prize will be drawn and paid in a single lump sum {section A/below}

[#2]: sweepstakes report documentation for the total aggregate funds amount of $525,439.00 as noted above is awaiting your reply with processing fee {section B/Below} for outright access to win the amount listed above. [This is not a mistake}

The total amount, $525,439.00 being awared by independant prize sponsors is confirmed and will be resolved at final proceedings pending. We are delighted to provide notification of winners total enduement amount, in writing, and to issue upon your reply and payment of the processing fee, full report documents and entrant procedures for the maximum potential aggregate funds as filed by this recorded letter and validated at $525,439.00.

Please take a moment to read and complete the paperwork below carefully. We are prepared to process and make delivery of the cash prize you have already won though arrangements of formal U.S. delivery. make sure to follow all instructions and requirements, and inspect that your name and address is correct as it appears on record. USE THE REPLY ENVOLOPE PROVIDED AND RETURN YOUR FORM TO: SWEEPSTAKES INFORMATION REPORTING SERVICES
Sincerely,
(can't read the name) <--i can aslo tell it's printed
Financial Documents Officer COPY OF {ORIGINAL} TO:
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Bottem part and it's ripable indented paper

On the form it is well made and well has all the info about everything. The year it was issued, stating that i have access to the prize money if i sign the paper and date it. this is the stuff that suck out.

Please read: you have been selected as a WINNER of a CASH PRIZE by S.I.R.S. in Las Vegas, NV 89133. Your prize is awaiting disbbursment to you in accordance with all rules and conditions stated herein though which no purchase is necessary and provided you reply before the expiration date on midnight Februaray 06, 2005. Failure to comply with the rules or to return this FORM IN ENTIRETY will result in forfeiture and loss of CASH PRIZE awaiting issuance. You must be 18 years or older to accept the Cashable check with no tax withheld. The Sweepstakes Information Reporting Services is under no obligation or requirement to contact you again would you fail to return this completed documentation.
Please sign your name stating that your identity is correct and that you understand the terms and are in full compliance thereof so that the PRIZE CHECK can be issued by protected mail to you directly. Your reply request within 7 days is strongly urged to avoid misplacement of this documentation.

PLEASE SIGN AND DATE:
|x___________________________________|______________|
Signature here of (my name) Date Rendered

more invo ect.. ect.. and yes they do have a customer service at 702-648-1837 and it is a las vegas phone number which the signed documentations is to be mailed off to, but I don't trust one thing besides the processing fee on this letter it's the P.O.Box that they want you to mail it off to which is:
S.I.R.S
P.O. Box 36999, Las Begas, NV 89133

So do you guys think you can peak though this infomation for me and get back to me, cuz I'm not sure if it's a scam or not.
Thanks,
John



John
hampton, Virginia
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/10/2005 11:09 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/THE-SWEEPSTAKES-INFORMATION-REPORTING-SERVICES/LAS-VEGAS-Nevada-89133/SIRS-THE-SWEEPSTAKES-INFORMATION-REPORTING-SERVICES-ripoff-LAS-VEGAS-Nevada-126667. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

How to Make Yourself Immune to these Scams

AUTHOR: R - (U.S.A.)

It truly makes my head hurt to know there are people out there gullible enough to lose money to these scam artists. PLEASE, if you are one of these people, READ THESE GUIDELINES!

1. Yes, you are right, these scams are illegal and these people should enter the justice system. But...they won't. Have you ever gone fishing? Did you catch every fish in the pond? Each state's Attorneys General have thousands of individual complaints on hundreds of "firms" such as these. Said AG's will never have enough time or resources to prosecute any but the biggest transgressors. These outfits depend on that.

2. NEVER send money for a prize. NEVER. Think about it - you're going to win half a million dollars but they want a $21.95 processing fee? Why not deduct it from the winnings?

3. NEVER think you "won" a contest you didn't even enter. There are low enough odds on winning contests you DO enter - the odds of winning a contest you never entered in the first place are zero. Nil. P(Winning|Not Entered)=0.

4. Avoid even entering LEGITIMATE contests! Yes, even the so-called "legit" contests are facades for getting your name on lists...lists that get sold to ANY outfit that wants to buy them. These are the well-known "sucker lists." Even the well-known "legit" contests are dubious (anyone remember Reader's Digest?) - the prizes offered to a very select few are in exchange for a wealth of information from many. YOU and everyone else are giving away your personal information.

5. Here is a hint for you. If you feel you MUST enter a "free" contest or two, OR if you order from catalogues (and don't use a credit-card), spell your name differently each time. Put in a different middle initial, use a salutation, anything. And then, look in your mailbox and see what you get with your "altered" name on it - this will give you a good idea who is selling and buying your personal information.

This is an instance of common sense which is, apparently, uncommon. To the woman who lost in the hundreds to thousands of dollars to this? You are a very special woman - and I don't mean that in the kindest way. But...you are a victim, not the perpretrator.
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#2 Consumer Comment

I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw $525,439.00!

AUTHOR: Radila - (U.S.A.)

As soon as I opened the envelope and saw the amount I knew something was fishy. To good to be true, you know! Wow I feel bad for those who have actually sent these fools money! The least these fools could have done was at least change the amounts of cash for each person, so that it doesn't seem that suspicious!! What idiots and I hope they get caught!!
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: Lori - (U.S.A.)

I was also sent this scam letter. A few days ago I had entered The Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes via the internet. I did not participate in a sweepstakes from the "S.I.R.S.". This should be the fist clue. Why would you win a sweepstakes prize that you never even entered.

Also, you should never have to pay anything to claim a prize you won, second clue. The third clue, is if I won over half a million dollars, than why is the highest cash prize only $1,000.

They really got my attention at first, and I had to read the letter four times to be sure that it really was a SCAM!!!!

People that try to cheat other people always get caught!!! Don't let them get you first.

Sincerely,
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#4 Consumer Comment

What a load of crap

AUTHOR: James - (U.S.A.)

My girlfriend got a letter today stating she won some money. We both read over the letter, it is full of double talk. After reading it several times, I am a bit confused, did they state that she did in fact win, just as they stated to the rest of you? If it states that you did win, dont they have to honor that? Doesnt this kind of fit the same standard as false advertisement?
Has anyone researched the legality of making them pay for these so called prize letters? I am thinking of bringing the letter to a lawyer friend and asking them to look it over for us. I would really be interested in finding out if this company is falsly advertising "you have won" is breaking the law or not and if they will have to pay since they did state she did win and so did half the country.
Just out of curiosity, we were trying to figure out how they got her name and address. Have any of you all gone on the internet and applied for credit cards, filed bankruptcy, etc... we thought maybe they were getting the names of people who are or seem to be low on the money scale. Not meaning to sound rude, I apologize if that came out wrong. We thought they might be scamming the people they felt would be vulnerable and believe they actually were going to get rich quick, when in reality the company is the one getting rich off of the poor people who work hard for that money they are asking us to send.
I have never heard of paying for your cash prize, or a cash prize of over $500,000 being given by companies that wouldnt want the advertisement.
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#5 Consumer Comment

If Only It Was True...

AUTHOR: Kevin - (U.S.A.)

Like everyone else here, I was extremely excited
when I opened my letter. Being a poor college
student, the number one problem most of the time
is money. Luckily before I sent off for my
prize, my sister told me to look it up first. I
am grateful that I did. I share my anger towards
these people just like the rest of you, and if
you are thinking about mailing it in, DON'T! Send
me your $21.95 and I'll tell you that you didn't
win.
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#6 Consumer Comment

If Only It Was True...

AUTHOR: Kevin - (U.S.A.)

Like everyone else here, I was extremely excited
when I opened my letter. Being a poor college
student, the number one problem most of the time
is money. Luckily before I sent off for my
prize, my sister told me to look it up first. I
am grateful that I did. I share my anger towards
these people just like the rest of you, and if
you are thinking about mailing it in, DON'T! Send
me your $21.95 and I'll tell you that you didn't
win.
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#7 Consumer Comment

If Only It Was True...

AUTHOR: Kevin - (U.S.A.)

Like everyone else here, I was extremely excited
when I opened my letter. Being a poor college
student, the number one problem most of the time
is money. Luckily before I sent off for my
prize, my sister told me to look it up first. I
am grateful that I did. I share my anger towards
these people just like the rest of you, and if
you are thinking about mailing it in, DON'T! Send
me your $21.95 and I'll tell you that you didn't
win.
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#8 Consumer Comment

If Only It Was True...

AUTHOR: Kevin - (U.S.A.)

Like everyone else here, I was extremely excited
when I opened my letter. Being a poor college
student, the number one problem most of the time
is money. Luckily before I sent off for my
prize, my sister told me to look it up first. I
am grateful that I did. I share my anger towards
these people just like the rest of you, and if
you are thinking about mailing it in, DON'T! Send
me your $21.95 and I'll tell you that you didn't
win.
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#9 Consumer Comment

Thank you. If it is to good to be true, it probably is not true!

AUTHOR: NOTSO - (U.S.A.)

I too recieved a letter saying I won 523,Grand. I Checked first thing on google and found your sight. Thank you. If it is to good to be true, it probably is not true!

NotSo Gullable
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#10 Consumer Comment

Glad I checked on-line about this --- SCAM!!! Thanks for this site!

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

Got mine in the mail yesterday!

Yeah... I thought long and hard about sending in a check for the amount requested. I mean, hey, who wouldn't want some cash to come their way?

Anyway folks, I'm so glad I did a Google search of this company's name! It was here that it brought me to find out that this letter is all a SCAM!!!!

Thanks for this site! But yeah... this sweepstakes is all a scam!!! BIG TIME!!!
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#11 REBUTTAL Individual responds

I got one too!

AUTHOR: Brandy - (U.S.A.)

I could not belive what I got in the mail today! Yes the same letter stating I had won $525,439.00! Ofcorce I was exsited!

I called my mother-in-law to see what she thought. The frist words out of her mouth where "SCAM!" She told me to go to google.com and check it out.

I'm soo glad I listen to her! I thank you google.com and everyone who wrote. I'm now convinced it's a scam and hope that by working together we can stop these conartist! Thanks for convinceing me.
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#12 REBUTTAL Individual responds

The back of the letter says it all...

AUTHOR: Jim - (U.S.A.)

The back of the letter states the obvious:

We make no express or implied representations, warranties or agreements. Consumer (that's you if you're foolish enough to send them the 21.95) HAS NOT WON ANY OF THE LISTED PRIZE OR CASH AWARDS. Consumer MUST ENTER AND WIN each individual promotion to be eligible to collect the advertise awards....

It states later:

Different graphic presentation sof this offer, INCLUDING AVAILABLE PRIZES and opportunities may be made.

IT'S A RIP OFF FOLKS! Of course unless you want a report about all the available sweekstakes going on in the county!
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#13 REBUTTAL Individual responds

THEY RIP-ME-OFF

AUTHOR: BEVERLY - (U.S.A.)

I am one that has been ripped-off.I sent SIRS alot of money in the last two months,and i wouldn't never found out if i'd looked it up on my computer. I hope someone catches these hoodlums that have stolen about four or five hundred dollars from me.Someday these people will be caught and sent to prison, because it's not right.
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#14 Consumer Comment

SCAM--No Doubt About It!

AUTHOR: Jay - (U.S.A.)

If you read the back of the letter it states that the consumer has not won any of the listed prize or cash awards. Also, odds of winning the stated amount of $525,439 does not even appear anywhere on the letter (odds of winning $1000 is the greatest amount shown on the back). So, if the odds of winning $1000 is 1/1,000,000 and the odds of winning $250 is 1/100,000 then one would think that the number of individuals receiving this letter should correspond to numbers of, for example, around 1/5,000,000,000.
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#15 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Miss

AUTHOR: HEATHER - (U.S.A.)

Also Received the same information.
ANY COMPANY ASKING FOR $21.95 SO THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE $525,439 IS QUESTIONABLE
THANKFULLY, I SEARCHED THIS SWEEPSTAKES ON THE INTERNET BEFORE I CHOSE TO SEND THIS MONEY TO
S.I.R.S.
THANK YOU
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#16 Consumer Comment

Just think about it Scammers - big time.

AUTHOR: Bob - (U.S.A.)

Think about it. What company would award over 1/2 a million bucks to a lucky consumer and not want to get credit for it? Who is the company giving the award? Not S.I.R.S. - they are acting as an agent. The company(s) giving out this huge amount of money and taking absolutely no credit for it are "independent prize sponsors". Who are they? Why the secrecy? If this were legitimate the company name would be all over the letter and envelope. (Think about publisher's clearing house award where they have baloons and the whole bit on national TV).

Of course, not to mention - what legitimate contest asks you to send money to get your prize? None that I know of.

Scammers - big time.
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#17 Consumer Comment

I also got this same letter.... SCAM

AUTHOR: Michael - (U.S.A.)

Thanks for the heads up. For those reading this who received this scam, go here:



(((Document to be posted in a day or 2)))



It's the scanned documents I received from S.I.R.S. If you have the same documents, or simular documents rip it up...



Take Care, thanks!
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#18 Consumer Comment

Just search for SIRS or S. I. R. S. on this site

AUTHOR: Bob - (U.S.A.)

Scam.
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