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Senior Citizen Defrauded By Sweepstakes Scams Wins Big With The National Telemarketing Victim Call Center And Recovers $14,000.00
Date:6/19/2010

stakes use multiple names with the same Post Office Box, for example one company goes by twenty different names, so she was in fact sending money to the same place instead of the twenty individual contests she thought she was entering. Mrs. Feldman also received sweepstakes offers from non-profit organizations with deceptive phrasing where she thought she was required to give a gift in order to claim her prize. The words “no donation necessary” were written at the bottom of the page in italics, which italicized fonts are 18% harder to read for seniors rather than regular fonts.

Mrs. Feldman suffers from glaucoma, leaving her blind in one eye, and a variety of other health issues. The wording on these mailings is confusing and goes against the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act Congress put into place in 1999 to stop fraudsters from using sweepstakes scams to prey on people, especially seniors.

When the National Telemarketing Victim Call Center heard about Mrs. Feldman’s case, we knew we had to get involved. Having no one else to advocate for her, NTVCC separated the sweepstakes offers, created a database of the company names, and sent letters demanding the return of her money.

NTVCC filed complaints on Mrs. Feldman’s behalf with the Attorney General of New York’s office and with the Postal Inspection Service not only to raise awareness of the sweepstakes scam problem, but also to get law enforcement involved in stopping the companies sending these solicitations.

When researching the companies listed on the thousands of sweepstakes offer Mrs. Feldman received, many are completely bogus, having no business license or office address other than the Post Office Box listed on the mailing.

So far NTVCC has collected $14,000 that will be returned to Mrs. Feldman, who does not know how successful we have been at getting her money back. Melodye Kleinman, Executive Director of NTVCC, wi
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