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Shown here is a screenshot of a fake Milwaukee Tool giveaway page.
Over at Reddit, someone posted a copy of an email they received from a fake Milwaukee Tool email address. It reads:
You have been selected to receive a free product from Milwaukee Tool. Please click on the link below to register and claim your free product. Your code is valid for one free item, during the check-out process.
Redeem Free Product
This is scam. The email sends the recipient to a fake website with spoofed Milwaukee Tool branding, seemingly to obtain your personal information.
I recently heard about a new Makita Tool scam as well.
In response to my post on Makita scams and fake stores, Pete wrote:
E-mail said I had won Makita power drill from Ace hardware . Just pay shipping & handling. I did so with my debit card. Week later my bank paid out $39.48 to Convenience Technology (TEL# 8883043348 UT) So I called them. They told me I had purchased a possible chance to win some day . I said Oh no! They said they will cancel my subscription & bill me no more plus I get 20% refund. Joy. Just others beware ! Yes I reported this to ftc.gov
Always be suspicious of these types of emails.
Here’s another comment recently posted to my alert about Yeti cooler scams.
I just got an offer allegedly from Dicks Sporting Goods that if I completed a brief survey that I would receive a Yeti backpack cooler for free. I only had to pay the shipping cost. However, when I got to the shipping and billing page, they do not list the shipping cost before you place your order. That’s a major red flag, and I advise caution to anyone receiving a similar offer.
With few exceptions, legitimate giveaways and sweepstakes don’t require winners to pay any fees.
When has anyone won a giveaway they never entered? (While I have announced winners to spontaneous giveaways before, that’s different.)
Some of you might say “of course these are scams.” Perhaps, but people fall for them all the time.
I haven’t encountered these scams myself yet, have you?