Win A Free Computer

In recent years companies have been giving away small items like cell phones and iPods. These days they are giving away much more expensive items like computers. The unfortunate part is that not all competitions are legitimate. If you want to stand in line to win a free computer, here are a few tips on how you can avoid getting scammed.

Competitions offline

There are many competitions aside from those you can find online. You can find these in gaming and electronic stores, as well as part of promotions at certain shopping centers. The good news is that many of these competitions are legitimate and worth your while. The only time you should start worrying is when they start asking you for personal details other than your contact details.

Competitions online

Unfortunately there are as many scam sites are there are legitimate ones. There are two main types in this category. There are sites that aim to sell you contact details to other advertising companies, and as a result they will send you all sorts of spam mail. Then there are the sites that are just trying to swindle you out of your hard earned money. Be very careful when a site asks you to pay in order to enter a competition. Chances are there is no competition to win a free computer, and when you add up all the small amounts everyone pays, you will see these sites are making millions.

Warning signs

There are a number of warning signs that you can look for when it comes to scam sites. The first is lack of proper contact details, and no evidence of a fixed address. The next is a lack of a privacy policy. Good sites will aim to protect your details, and scam artists simply don’t care. Another thing to look for is a section at the end after all the promises, which asks you to pay a small amount to win a free computer. As far as contact details go, they should only be asking for your address and contact number. If they ask you for credit card details or any other banking details then it is sure to be a scam. More often than not this is a bid to scam you out of your money. If you are unsure about whether to sign up or not, chances are you shouldn’t. You can also always do an online search to see what sort of track record the site has.