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Is this Reader's Digest letter a scam?

Asked by Triozoo (396points) January 10th, 2011

I’ve gotten a letter in the mail from Reader’s Digest claiming that I’m a potential draw Finalist.

To “triozoo” (insert my real name)
On December 30, 2010, with the release of this document, I am pleased to inform you that you, Triozoo, are a potential $250.000.00 Sweepstakes Finalist. The Reader’s Digest Finance Department stands ready to notify your bank in (current city I’m living in) of a substantial $250,000.00 deposit to the Zoo account, should you become our Grand Prize winner. In such an event, we could work with your bank to ensure you will receive any needed assistance in the disposition of winnings.

Rest assured, prize funds are reserved and a $250,000.00 Grand Prize payment to the winner is guaranteed. The particulars of any prize transfer in your name if declared winner, would be held in strict confidence.

Official entry documents to secure your $250,000.00 Finalist Status are now on the was to—(my address) . Please check your mail carefully. Within 5 business days you are scheduled to receive a yellow envelope identified by “TRACKING REF . xxx”. Upon recipt do not delay!

Be sure to follow all instructions outlined in your documents and reply by the stated deadline.

Kim MacNicoll, Reader’s Digest Corporate Controller

P.S Payment to the winner confirmed. Please keep the Authorized Prize Guarantee for your records.
Attached to this is a coloured ticket certificate with my full name. I’ve just receive this letter today, Jan 10/2011, in the mail and is curious to see if this is actually real.

Senders address
1125 Stanley Street Montreal OQ, H3B 5H5

I usually don’t fall for such money grabbing promotions but the chance of winning this money at this time of the year would be beneficial for me and my family, school debts etc.

What do you think about this Fluther? I’m well aware that I havent won anything yet and this is only a chance at winning. They have not asked for any of my personal information such as my credit card number or social insurance number.

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16 Answers

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Sounds fishy to me – I guess wait and see what these ‘instructions’ in the coming up letter will be.

the100thmonkey's avatar

Why would they contact you before you had won the contest?

JilltheTooth's avatar

If you respond, you are probably giving them permission to sell your name to mailing lists. They’ll make a pile of money doing that, your junk mail ratio will skyrocket and the chances of you actually winning are very small.

faye's avatar

I get those all the time because I buy Reader’s Digest books. They are always selling something in that envelope as well. I sometimes fill them in, mostly not.

RocketGuy's avatar

Don’t send money!

rowenaz's avatar

and don’t give your banking information

bob_'s avatar

They send stuff like that all the time. They’re pretty up-front about saying that they do it because from time to time they offer to sell you stuff. Feel safe to send whatever they tell you to send.

marinelife's avatar

It’s a contest come on.

jca's avatar

i used to work at Reader’s Digest and that’s their typical sweepstake offer. Very official looking, makes people think they have a better chance if they buy something. they’ve been around for many years and they have no bad intentions, other than promoting stuff they send out hundreds of thousands of those types of things.

john65pennington's avatar

What’s that smell? it smells lot rotten fish. No, its not…its a gimmick letter from Readers Digest. best advice is to tear it into small pieces or shred it. this is the time of year(after Christmas) that all the scheme letters appear in the mail. they know you probably have overspent for Christmas and now need cash. i have received those type letters in the mail for past 15 years. be sure to read the small print at the bottom and on the reverse side. once you have read it, then shred it. give no personal information in a “come-on” letter like this.

Coloma's avatar

Key word: ‘SHOULD’..... you become our Grand Prize Winner.

‘SHOULD” is not ’ YOU ARE’ our Grand Prize Winner. ;-)

BoBo1946's avatar

Often wondered if these things are legit, why there is no media coverage of the winners. Seems fishy to me.

bob_'s avatar

@BoBo1946 The prizes are not that large to merit media attention. They always send pictures of previous winners with the letters they sent.

qwerty_snake's avatar

I got the exact same letter yesterday in the mail. It is exactly as you mentioned with the green cheques and 2 envelopes (a yes one and a no) where if you say yes, you become an annual subscriber. I don’t know if it is true or not but it is very fishy (i think it said the deadline was feb 14 or something like that. Best thing to do is contact them and see if is legitamit.

Triozoo's avatar

Thank you every one for your input and helpful replies!
@qwerty_snake very interesting indeed…. <Video link

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