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Posted: 7/26/2011 8:19:20 AM EST

from a local car dealer. So what's the scam? It's gotta be one of those "not really cash, per-se, but you get a credit line with an interest rate that more than cancels it out" type of deals. It's from Lokey Automotive, if that makes any difference.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:21:39 AM EST
The ones I have seen the small print says you won a chance to win 25000. Too good to be true it always is.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:22:09 AM EST
I'm sure it's BS. If the fine print on the ticket doesn't tell you exactly what flavor of BS, then send an email to their internet sales guys through their website and find out. Use a disposable email and phone number if you must...
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:22:26 AM EST
Unless it's cash, throw it out.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:24:00 AM EST

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Unless it's cash, throw it out.


I'd shred it first though
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:30:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Rhude:

from a local car dealer. So what's the scam? It's gotta be one of those "not really cash, per-se, but you get a credit line with an interest rate that more than cancels it out" type of deals. It's from Lokey Automotive, if that makes any difference.


Sounds legit...go buy a car with your new windfall!
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:40:39 AM EST
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The ones I have seen the small print says you won a chance to win 25000. Too good to be true it always is.


This is usually the case. Or like the OP thinks, you have a $25k line of credit, at 19% interest.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:41:12 AM EST
Nebbermind, spotted it.

"Scratching off a winning combination qualifies you to play the $25000 instant win scratch off ticket contest. $25000 instant win scratch off ticket requires removing 6 of 30 scratch off surfaces to reveal winning symbols to claim cash prize."


So i won permission to drive across the county to get a scratch off ticket right after a massive sales pitch. Goody.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:48:56 AM EST
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:56:13 AM EST
The car dealers around here are always sending out things like this. Everyone gets a "winner" in the mail and then you take it down to the dealer and they compare a number on your ticket to their list and 1 out of the 25000 people will win something good while the other 24999 will get a dollar or some other worthless "prize". They just do it to get you down there so they can try to sell you a car.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:58:44 AM EST
Read the fine print. The devil is in the details.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 8:59:22 AM EST
I'll trade you the US 4 million dollars secured funds that are on their way to me from Nigeria for it?
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 9:03:04 AM EST
Originally Posted By castiel:
The car dealers around here are always sending out things like this. Everyone gets a "winner" in the mail and then you take it down to the dealer and they compare a number on your ticket to their list and 1 out of the 25000 people will win something good while the other 24999 will get a dollar or some other worthless "prize". They just do it to get you down there so they can try to sell you a car.


In this case they give a gift card consolation prize of $50 which may range in value between $25 to $50. Huh?

Alternately, the key that was taped to this mailer may* start a 2010 Altima. Too bad my garage is full
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 9:34:56 AM EST
Just a gimmick to get you into their dealership.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 9:55:58 AM EST
My mother got one that said if this remote keyless entry opens the door you win the car. The "remote keyless entry" didn't have any electronics in it.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 10:03:01 AM EST
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My mother got one that said if this remote keyless entry opens the door you win the car. The "remote keyless entry" didn't have any electronics in it.
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Mine was lower tech... "if this key starts the car, you win it"

They gave me a padlock key...


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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 10:04:18 AM EST
Retype the check with reversed info, send it to them and tell them they won $25000 but need to wire $2500 of it to your account as a winners fee.

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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 11:14:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By pezboytate:
My mother got one that said if this remote keyless entry opens the door you win the car. The "remote keyless entry" didn't have any electronics in it.
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Mine was lower tech... "if this key starts the car, you win it"

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That's better than mine. I received an uncut blank key.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 11:20:50 AM EST
Want to trade the ticket for 10% of $500,000,000 that is being held in an account in Africa? I just got the email offering to help some African prince.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 11:31:14 AM EST
I received one of those from a car dealership once and and won. It was something like a $2000 shopping spree at an online "shopping mall," only you had to pay obscene shipping and handling fees for junk.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 11:34:08 AM EST
I like the one where the dealerships mails me a key and says my new truck is waiting for me.
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Link Posted: 7/26/2011 11:40:46 AM EST
The ones I am familiar with is where the flier has a scratch off w/ a number and the claim that you won a $20,000 prize or whatever...
...only you have to go to the dealership to view the number on display. If you're number matches, you win the $20,000.

Legally they have to mail a winning ticket in accordance w/ whatever odds they have printed, so the gimmick is the direct mailing company simply mails the known winning flier to a bunk address


I've also seen the free ipod, cruise or vacation package ones; EVERYBODY wins the vacation package; which entails some stupid fees and a timeshare seminar

Although once I handed out hundreds of $5 Home Depot Gift cards from a car sale flier promotion...I have no idea what THAT campaign costs

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