Tuesday, June 28, 2011

And the winner is...


Got a phone call about an hour ago advising me I was this week's winner of Dave's Rainy Day Giveaway. Prize: $1000.00. Not bad at all. My biggest cash prize to date and a dream come true, actually, as now I can finally pay off my credit card bill that I've been having such a hard time with.

I've been entering this drawing for at least a few weeks over at Hypersweep.com and was somewhat confused when I received an e-mail this morning- the last day of the drawing. The e-mail was supposedly from the folks at the drawing asking me to call them regarding my entry at "the earliest possible convenience". Rather odd, as I've never had folks running a drawing have me call them to claim a prize. They normally call you. I figured it was probably a sales pitch for something so was thinking of blowing it off.

Then, about an hour after that, I get a call and it's the same guy that sent me the earlier e-mail. He told me I was one of five finalists in the drawing and he had to ask some questions to make sure I was eligible for the prize. After the questions he says he was lying and that I was the winner but he wanted to make sure I was eligible first. Cool!

So he sent me an affadavit that most sweeps make you fill out when you win and a W9 IRS form. I had some problems figuring out how to open and print both forms as I don't have MS Word on this computer any more, but I finally got that done.

I'll fax both of them back after getting the affadavit notarized. That assumes I can figure out how to do that using my newly installed MS Fax program. It's a bit odd compared to my old Mighty Fax.

If this all works out, by the end of the month I won't have a credit card balance anymore.


At 11:50 AM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

Remember: "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is".

I know that you are a smart guy and wouldn't give out any personal information that might place you into identity theft status. Like your SS number or any other credit info.

This whole thing makes my shadowy end pucker...

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

By the way... I have a bridge for sale. I only want $999.00.

Just wait there for me, I'll pick up the cash myself. I'm not giving Mailing address, SS number, or any other personal info to anybody.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Ernie: I've been doing sweeps for many years and consider myself somewhat of an expert on this sort of thing. This is legit. He's sent me the affadavit. I just got back from having it notarized (The Scrapper's Edge, in Eureka), and am going to fax it to him. It should be fine.

As an aside, the notary public at Scrapper's Edge remembered me from the last time I went in there to have her notarize an prize affadavit. It was cool because I was trying to remember what win I went in there for last time.

She remembered. I couldn't. It was a charcoal BBQ. I gave it to a nephew because I prefer a gas grill, not charcoal. For the life of me I can't remember much about the BBQ other than it being a charcoal one.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

Well... In that case congratulations!
But, I will still sell you my bridge, no questions asked.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

After taxes and paying off my credit card, there likely won't be anywhere near enough to buy your bridge. Sorry.

And, FWIW, the guy that's handling this just e-mailed me back confirming he received the documents I had to send him as an attachment.

I tried faxing them but this dumb MS fax services program apparently doesn't allow you to scan stuff and fax them. All it allows is for you to type something up and fax it. While I have and do send typed out faxes (just sent one yesterday to Mike Thompson to test the program) it seems to me if you want a fax program, it better be able to send scanned documents. Otherwise, what's the point?

I'll have to check online and see if maybe I'm missing something about this fax program which, btw, is available free if you have Windows XP. I didn't know about it until just the other day. You have to install it from your XP CD.

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous grackle said...

Well, this explains how you got viruses on your computer. Just sayin'

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might want to run a credit report Fred, and see just how good you are at this sweepstakes game.

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous skippy said...

Congratulations, Fred.


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