And all I have to do is send back the little form at the bottom, verifying that I haven’t “received any monies.” Oh yeah, and I have to send them a $20 “report-release fee.” Because it turns out LVAAP is not actually running a sweepstakes and has no association with anyone who is, and they tell you so in the fine print. In fact this is a come-on akin to the fake bills you see from Publishers Services Exchange—it’s tricked up to look like something it’s not, so that you’ll send them money thinking they’re someone else. It’s a fine example of how something can be (technically) legal and still be unethical.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and
- if you really won something, you wouldn’t have to pay to get it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go send that advance fee to a nice man in Nigeria who’s splitting his inheritance with me.