Warning! I am usually very suspicious of any "contest" that claims you have won a prize, but I am stunned by what I consider to be the worst "bait-and-switch" scam I have ever encountered. I recently received a "scratch-off" mailing from Sullivan Brothers Toyota in Kingston. The "scratch-off" revealed the words "winner" along with a code. Underneath the code are the words "Does the lucky number under the scratch off match one of the five boxes below? If you have a match you are a guaranteed winner of one of these prizes!"
My "winning number" is listed in a specific box above a picture of an ATV or $7,500. The rules specifically state no purchase is necessary. The instructions than ask you to punch in a prize confirmation code on-line. I then received an e-mail congratulating me on being a winner, and instructed me to bring the mailing into the dealership to redeem my prize.
When I arrived this morning I was told that I had actually only won a $25 gift certificate because my winning number only guaranteed that I won "one" of the prizes listed and not necessary the one that contained my winning code in the separate box above the prize of an ATV or $7,500. When I told the person at Sullivan Brothers that is a bait-and-switch he told me he had no more time to discuss the issue and asked me if I still wanted the gift card. When I said no he walked away.
Folks, as I said, I am usually very skeptical of contests, but after reading the rules thoroughly, it appeared I had legitimately won an ATV or $7,500. In my judgment, this "contest" is an absolute scam, and I warn all my friends not to be taken in by this, I plan to contact the attorney general's office on Monday. Also, if anyone plans to do business with Sullivan Brothers Toyota I would think long and hard about it. In my opinion, if they are capable of this kind of gross deception I would be very leery of purchasing anything from them.