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Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Sends Latest Deceptive Mailing

The latest dirt bags sending a deceptive mailing to my house is an outfit going by the name of Sweepstakes Clearinghouse with an address of 1555 Regal Row, PO Box 569600, Dallas, Texas 75356-9931.

Notice the old trick they use by showing the ‘To The Order Of’ through the address window to make it look like a check is enclosed. That, combined with the ‘DEPARTMENT OF NOTIFICATIONS’ and the official-looking red info box to the right is obviously designed to make the recipient think that they are the winner of some sweepstakes. That is the way they get people to open something that is otherwise going to be judged (accurately) as junk mail and tossed in the trash.sweepstakes clearing house envelop

The $400 vouchers they have so generously enclosed do their best to make the recipient believe they are getting a good deal on the merchandise they are trying to unload. In my opinion, however, the stuff they are selling is a bunch of low-quality, no-quality or hopelessly outdated merchandise. Let’s take a look.

sweepstakes clearinghouse camera stereoAs you can see, each item they are advertising has a price listed next to it in an effort to make potential buyers believe this stuff is actually worth that much. And, with your $400 voucher that you can use towards the purchase of each item, you can purchase each one of the items for the listed price minus $400. What a deal! Actually, I would be more accurate to say what a joke!

I know a little bit about digital video cameras and I have never heard of DVC brand. When one shops for something like a video camera or other electronic equipment, it’s pretty obvious that you want a well-known brand that has a reputation for quality. Brands like Sony, Canon, JVC and others that you are familiar with. The bottom line is that they are selling you a digital video camcorder/camera/MP3 player/whatever for $169 and that’s probably about what it is worth.

At least the stereo system has a name I recognize, although I certainly don’t think of RCA when I think about going out to buy high-quality stereo components myself. It may in fact be a decent system for the money. But again, that is the key. It’s probably worth the $179 they are selling it for. Not top-of-the-line by any stretch.

I really know little or nothing about watches and luggage, so at the risk of repeating myself, those items aresweepstakes clearing house watch luggage probably worth what you would pay for them also. I guess it is up to each consumer to decide if a cheap diamond watch is worth $169 or cheesy luggage is worth $179. I surely know what my answer is and I bet you can guess.

Now computers are another matter entirely and something I do happen to know a little bit about. Firstly, both those systems they are selling are hopelessly outdated. I have a 400-MHz PC around here that was current technology about seven or so years ago when I bought it. To be listing these systems with price tags of $699 and $679 is so ridiculous, I could nearly fall out of my chair laughing over it.

sweepstakes clearninghouse computer pcsI cannot believe any retailer still has stuff like this hanging around collecting dust. The 128 MB of memory they list for both systems is a laughable amount of memory and useless for running anything better than the Windows-95 or Windows-98 they are supplying with them. I can hardly believe they are still selling systems with Windows-98, to say nothing of Windows-95!

For those who may not know what the 98 or 95 in the names Windows-98 and Windows-95 stand for, well, yes, you guessed it. The year 1998 and 1995. A 11-year-old operating system and an 8-year-old operating system. Can these people be serious?

If you have heard stories of Windows computers crashing and getting hung up all the time, these are the old, outdated operating systems that are likely being talked about. Microsoft’s current operating system of choice is Windows-XP which has been around for a number of years and is light-years ahead of Windows-98 or Windows-95!

And don’t assume you can buy one of these cheap systems and load Windows-XP on it yourself. The 128 MB of memory would be a show-stopper for Windows-XP and even if you were able to add more memory to these systems, a 300-MHz or 400-MHz system will run as slow as molasses with Windows-XP installed.

To advertise these systems with ‘National Reference Retail’ prices like these is pure fantasy. Perhaps they are referring to the prices of systems like this about six or seven years ago and just forgot to mention that.

The 15-inch monitor for the desktop and 12-inch screen on the laptop are nothing to get excited about either. Make sure you have your reading glasses or perhaps a magnifying glass handy when you sit down to work on one of these cinematic beauties! And those hard drives! My, my, whatever will you do with all that disk space? Good luck locating a disk drive you can buy new that is less than 20GB these days!sweepstakes clearinghouse letter

Most of the software included in their $500+ Software Package is stuff I have never heard of and it’s a pretty safe bet that it is just a bunch of old software that is no longer being sold. It’s highly unlikely that it is worth $500 these days, but perhaps this stuff was somehow lost in the mail for six or seven years and only made its way to my mailbox today. That certainly would explain a lot!

To make the deal even sweeter, the fine print reveals that the laptop is ‘remanufactured.’ For heaven’s sake, if it’s one thing I would avoid like the plague, it would be a remanufactured laptop! I would not even buy a current model that was remanufactured due to the quirky nature of laptops compared to desktop systems. To buy a remanufactured model from an era when laptops where even less reliable and more quirky than current models would be insanity.

Heck, I have a Toshiba laptop I bought brand-new almost 2 years ago that died on me about 6 months ago. After the warranty period, of course! Since I will not attempt to work on a laptop myself, it has been sitting around until I feel that I need it bad enough to get it fixed. I fix all my desktop systems myself very easily, but with the tiny closely-packed insides of a laptop, I will not even attempt it.

Laptops have come a long way in recent years but I still believe desktop systems are a lot more reliable. My advice is that unless you really need a PC that is portable, stay away from the laptops and stick with a desktop system. I’m sure there are differing opinions out there and I speak only from my own experience.

Getting back to the utterly ridiculous prices they have endowed these two geriatric systems with, let’s take a look at what you can get for your money these days and end up with brand-new, brand-name current computer systems.

sweepstakes clearinghouse vouchersWith the enclosed vouchers, you can get the desktop system for $299 and the laptop for $279.

For comparison, consider that you can get a brand-new and current-technology desktop system with the following specifications: Celeron D 2.53-GHx Processor, 256 MB memory, 80 GB hard drive, 17-inch monitor and Windows XP installed for $299.

You’re likely to pay around $400 for a low-end current laptop, but the extra $121 will be well worth it to have a new system with a current operating system like Windows XP installed on it that will run a lot faster than the antique featured in this mail-order miracle.

If the computers are any indication of the quality and value of the other products, this is not any kind of ‘deal’ in any way, shape or form. The $400 voucher idea is just intended to make people believe they are getting something for nothing when nothing could be further from the truth.

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Comments

Comment from Julie
Posted: June 27, 2006 at 12:45 pm

I fell for the same “vouchers” and payed off my LAYAWAY stereo. They have
cashed all my checks for a total of $220. I have not recieved my stereo and am
very upset. How do I get my money back and report them as “thievies”? Please
help me!
Julie Roste

Comment from Administrator
Posted: June 27, 2006 at 2:08 pm

Sorry to hear about your difficulty with this.

You may want to get in touch with your state’s attorney general’s office and see if they can offer you any assistance.

Comment from terry hollabaugh
Posted: July 7, 2006 at 4:31 pm

got rap off mysweepstakes clearning house in dallas texas. i send them a check for $299.95 for a labtop computer never recived it.

Comment from David
Posted: July 30, 2006 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for the info…I almost fell for it! I wanted that laptop bad, remember
always read the small print!

Comment from Lisa
Posted: August 5, 2006 at 8:45 am

I just about fell for the same thing and decided to get on
the internet to check it out and I found this and a lot of
other complaints. You’re doing the right thing getting the
word out on these SCAMMERS!!Thanks!!!!

Comment from Paul S
Posted: August 31, 2006 at 11:56 pm

Unfortunately i bought several products, The RCA stereo system was defective.The surround sound didn’t work.
Large ticket Items such as table and baker’s rack, the shipping charges, which are not disclosed at purchase
run in the hundreds. items were delivered missing pieces and chipped paint,Ido not reccomend purchasing anything
from this company.

Comment from Robin
Posted: September 8, 2006 at 4:28 am

Hey you guys!
Thank you all sooooooo much! I was getting ready to mail my check for the laptop! I really wanted it and when i saw online that it was going at almost 3 grand i was gonna jump on the occasion! Thank God i did my research and you guys were here! We gotta bring them down!

Comment from Dillon
Posted: September 15, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Hi Everyone,
I received my packet in the mail today and after reading it i realized it had scam writen all over it. I found the stereo on Ebay and it sold for 15.50 from “Rocky Mountian Auctions”. I don’t know if they are affiliated but buyers beware. Thank you for reassuring my boubts about this JUNK.

Comment from Dillon
Posted: September 15, 2006 at 9:19 pm

I just came up with an idea…
I am going to send them a “check” for an old piece of junk I have around the house. I will also use thier envelope. What do you think’

Comment from Administrator
Posted: September 15, 2006 at 10:17 pm

Interesting idea, Dillon. I have done things like that in the past for my own amusement. Give ‘em a taste of their own medicine.

Comment from Dillan C
Posted: September 16, 2006 at 11:55 pm

DEAR JESUS THANK YOU GUYS! im 15 years old and have been saving up my money for a labtop and ALMOST bought this one untill i decided to check up on the internet… you guys just saved me my money!!!

Comment from Sandy
Posted: September 21, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Hi there, I recieved the Sweepstakes clearinghouse in the mail and I
was curious about if you are working with the BBB? if you can
Answer that, then I will have better under standing and which
way to go. that mean’s if you are working with them then I
will try to send some money. if not forget it then. just in
case how much do I realy send, is it just $ 10.00 or more is
that how it work’s out? and what about shipping & Handleing?
Please answer this asap? Thank You, Sandy

Comment from Administrator
Posted: September 21, 2006 at 3:49 pm

Hello Sandy,

No, I am not working with the BBB or anyone else.

I’m just posting information here and hoping others find it useful.

Comment from jan
Posted: September 30, 2006 at 6:57 am

this company took the numbers from my elderly mother in laws 10.00 check and EMPTIED her bank account.this company needs to be STOPPED

Comment from James D.
Posted: October 10, 2006 at 11:56 am

I was about to write a check for a laptop for my grand-daughter xmas present. Read the fine print thought i should check them out.I am on a fixed income and handicap you save me. THANK YOU

Comment from Administrator
Posted: October 10, 2006 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for your comments, James.

That’s the kind of thing I like to hear!

Comment from Linda
Posted: October 16, 2006 at 10:25 am

Just a note to thank you for confirming my suspicions
about the Sweepstakes Clearinghouse mailing. You have
done a great service for my family and I’m sure many
others by saving us from losing our valuable household funds.

Comment from Kathy
Posted: October 17, 2006 at 5:16 pm

Thanks soooooo much for this info – thought it sounded too good to be true so I did a search and found you – let’s keep getting the word out there for these scammers!

Comment from Alana
Posted: December 11, 2006 at 1:45 pm

Thank You,
I had already sent in my first payment of $10 and had not heard anything from them. I decided to search the internet because I noticed they did not provide any contact information. That should have been my red flag! Thank you for providing this information!!!

Comment from john
Posted: January 6, 2007 at 8:41 pm

Thnk you, :)

I just received the letter today and i thought this is too good to be true so i decided
search the address on intenet. so i found it this is a spam. we all need to file a complain on our state for this thives so they cant get caught with this kind of bussiness

We all got a work to gather on this so they can get caught!!!!!!. Thanks

Comment from edward
Posted: January 8, 2007 at 2:17 am

hi,im sorry but a few years back,around 1992 i purchased a magnavox 25″ color tv,stereo sound,etc.i made my monthly pymts,and tv was sent to me promptly,it still works like new today,never no problems.i have had no problems with this company.i got what i paid for.thnk u. ed

Comment from moonflower
Posted: January 29, 2007 at 8:16 pm

thanks you guys,i will not buy any thing from these guys.
thanks i’ve save alot of money.

Comment from Nadeem Ahmad
Posted: January 31, 2007 at 9:57 pm

Hi guys,
Thanks for ur posting, I was excited initially it had my name printed and half a dozen award vouchers of $400 for different products. But i think if u do some research the extra cost u pay to get that item is too much and u get better quality in store.

Comment from Jennifer
Posted: February 3, 2007 at 11:44 pm

I ordered their set of two black leather recliners with ottomans and received them in record time after the last payment was made. I love the chairs and have no problem with them. I’ve had them since October. But if anyone is not happy with a companies product or never received a purchaced item in the mail then the company should make up for their mistake. I have the telephone number for those whose wish to contact them requarding their missing items. The number is 1-214-915-7100.

Comment from rachel
Posted: February 12, 2007 at 1:32 am

I am soooo glad i checked things out. I was talking this over with my husband, and we decided to buy the camcorder. When i could’nt find the brand name, i thought i would check it out on line first. Thank you for posting all this stuff. You really saved me and my money.

Comment from Melissa Dahler
Posted: March 2, 2007 at 9:01 am

Thank you so much, I as well almost fell for this scam. It is nice to know people like you are out there watching others’ backs. Thanks again.

Comment from Jason Novacek
Posted: March 13, 2007 at 7:06 pm

I am glade I looked around online to look for the camcorder bc I just put $10 in to the lay-a-way thing. Well thanks and I will now block the dumb emails I keep getting.

Comment from Theresa Giuriceo
Posted: March 17, 2007 at 2:16 pm

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse is a huge ripoff and scam artist company. I laugh everytime I get their mailings and just pitch them in the trash. I have done my investigative work on them and they, to say the least, have been sued by the State of Iowa for falsely directing people. I suggest you try and contact them by phone to work out issues. If not, contact the Better Business Bureau in Dallas TX. (Address and info below).

If you need to contact Sweepstakes Clearinghouse directly:

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse

1555 Regal Row

Dallas, TX 75247-3662

(214) 915-7100

-If you were scammed by this company, then contact the Dallas Texas Better Business Bureau at:

1601 Elm St # 3838
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-2000

-or visit their website and fill out a complaint at:

http://www.dallas.bbb.org/carscam.html

Comment from Semone
Posted: March 24, 2007 at 3:47 am

I just want to say Thank you everyone for your input because I just put $10 in for the 6 pcs bedroom set and it was supposed to be $189 but when I got the bill it was almost $400 and I knew that couldn’t be right thank goodness I checked it out. I really saved some money. Thanks.

Comment from Maia
Posted: April 3, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Thank you so much guys! I just got that JUNK today. At first I though, “WOAH, someone sent me money…!” It seemed too good to be true and I knew there had to be a catch. I still didn’t want to extra money along with their “voucher” for something I didn’t really want in the first place. I had never heard of half the stuff and I wasn’t all that impressed with the other things. I thought if I did buy some of this crap on “sale”, I could turn around and sell it on Ebay or something still in the box. My mom suggested that it might be a scam, and she was right! As soon as I finished reading this webpage, I shredded and burned the junk. Thank you guys so much!

Comment from Kelly McAmis
Posted: April 4, 2007 at 7:47 am

I was so happy when I received my vouchers in the mail! I called my son right away and we were planning on buying the laptop and camera for my daughter-in-laws birthday. The only thing I was concerned about was, there was no phone number or web address in the paperwork. I wasn’t comfortable sending my signature to an unknown party. We were going to pay for everything in full, but it seemed “not right” to me. We tell our children from a very early age, if you feel that something isn’t right, it usually isn’t and it’s time to leave the situation. I beleive we all have that instinct. We know right from wrong, but we want to wish it’s true. That’s not the way the real world works and we all know it. The temptation of getting something for next to nothing is very desirable, we’re not stupid, they’re just evil. I’m saving all my vouchers and am looking into reporting whomever to the authorities.

Comment from Pat Benge
Posted: April 14, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Recently receivrd the sweepstakes clearinghouse from Dallas Tx. ThE 400.00 DOLLAR VOUCHERS. Somehow i decided to check them out on the internet. Almost bought the computer luckly something lead me here. These are going in the trash. thanks p.benge

Comment from Nicole
Posted: April 19, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Just wanted to say thank you to the admin. I got the vouchers in the mail today as well….and felt a little suspicious about it all. It does seem a little too good to be true. I too noticed that there was no contact information….no phone numbers or web address.. I live in Tennessee…….and this is about the 4th time that this Clearinghouse has sent me things. I had a little extra money and thought that I would check it out. I put the name into the search on my home page and you were the number one pick!!! Top of the page!! thank you so much for all of your input and again thank you Admin! Im not exactly sure what to do about it…..to stop these people…..but I think you are working on a good start! And remember BEWARE of Scammers!! Thier everywhere!!!! This is the 3rd time this year that people have had tried to scam me……..God Bless you All

Comment from sarah white
Posted: April 21, 2007 at 9:03 pm

just recieved socalled reciever verification papers for 1,900,000.00 cash and awards , from american prize reports. there is no email adress or phone number on certificate.return envelope is adressed to sweepstakes clearinghouse 1555 regal row, dallas texas.I must send 19.99 to be elligable. when I tried to pull them up on internet it sent me straight to this web sight . thanks for all this info on this scam company. We will be turning this over to the better business bureau in dallas

Comment from keondria
Posted: April 30, 2007 at 6:51 pm

I received the sweepstakes clearinghouse coupons in the mail and I was interested in getting the dvd home theater system. It seemed to be a good deal but when I saw that there were no contact infornmation on the package that gave me the red flag. I went to to internet and looked some things up and to my surprise I found that every one was being scamed, so I thank you guys for setting this web site for people to check out because I sure was going to order me something. I beleive I will just stick to fingerhut companies that you know are real. Again thank you.

Comment from marinerfreek
Posted: April 30, 2007 at 10:13 pm

I too got this in the mail today and came directly to the net for verification. I think we should all fill the return envelope with ripped up junk mail (minus any account numbers of creit card offers of course) and stick it in the mail to them. Each time someone uses a postage pain envelope the company has to pay for it.

One way to get back at them.

I know what I’m sending tomorrow. (Maybe a couple handfuls of my shedder dumpings.)

Comment from Dan
Posted: May 3, 2007 at 3:14 pm

I ordered one of their Nostalgia stereo systems. The CD player and tape recorder were both unusable. The digital camera malfunctioned. An advertised cd/tape player was only a tape player, with no cd. None of the items were worth the price paid for them.

Comment from William Luke
Posted: May 4, 2007 at 10:12 am

Hey! DUde, you just saved my ass! I got this very same trash in my mailbox yesterday. I’ve never recieved this kind of thing before, so aty first, I was like “There has to be some kind of mistake”..but then I remembered that I had filled out a survey or two one about winning a laptop or soemthing..Wellll..I got this in the mail and thought it had somethign to do with it. I’ve heard of scams, but never thought for a moment that I could be pulled in by one. I must honestly say that when I found no contact information of any kind, I was skeptical. So, I got on the internet this morning and reverse-searched the address. I’m thinking about letting my local news station in on this and directing them to your little page here so that they will have more information. the News station (News Channel 2) has a thing going where you notify them of scams, and they let people know about it on the news.

Again, I cannot thank you enough. Your site has provided the information that I needed and now I know for a fact that I have yet to be fooled by a scam. Thank you.

Comment from Babygirl
Posted: May 9, 2007 at 8:27 pm

I’ve been ordering items from Sweepstakes Clearinghouse for over 10 years and have loved every item without any problems aside from normal wear and tear. I ordered a stereo system and four luggage sets (5-7 pieces for $100) over the years and have more that got my money’s worth out of them. I really love the luggage pieces which I find to be very durable and cute.

Granted some items look cheap so the bottom is to know what you’re buying and do comparison shopping. Not all off brands are bad but research is a MUST!!!

Good luck!!

Comment from Lynda
Posted: May 10, 2007 at 4:32 am

Thanks for the valuable in depth information. It’s obvious you took a lot of time and effort into posting it. I went on the internet to check it out, and was directed to your website. I knew it had to be too good to be true. Keep up the great work!

Comment from Admin
Posted: May 10, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Well “Babygirl” certainly sheds some light on how these outfits stay in business and have the cash to flood our mailboxes with their crap. Some people actually buy the stuff being peddled by these idiots!

I’m certainly not saying people don’t have a right to buy what they want, but this may be interesting for anyone who might have been wondering how these outfits stay in business year after year.

Comment from Ol’ Fool
Posted: May 17, 2007 at 11:52 am

I fell for this scam like a good little schnook, but I covered myself to some extent by using USPS money orders. I figure these guys are now on the hook for using the US mails to promote their scam. I’ll give them a chance to refund my money, then it’s up to the Dallas BBB and the Feds to deal with them. I can prove all the actions I have taken with these people – and the money involved.

Comment from Maxine
Posted: May 22, 2007 at 12:35 am

Save your money and apply toward something more worthwhile. This is indeed a
rip off. I am embarrassed to say that I spent several hundred dollars with these crooks before I thougt to read others report. The laptop looks like a heavy tool
box that has been spay painted. I will never leave home with that piece of junk to show
off to anyone..

Comment from Maxine
Posted: May 22, 2007 at 12:36 am

Do not waste your money on any thing these people sell.

Comment from Debbie
Posted: May 28, 2007 at 12:25 am

Wow! Thank God I decided to check out sweepstakes Clearinghouse. I had everything ready to mail. Then I thought it wouldn’t hurt to look up info on them. After realizing that no phone number was listed, I was somewhat scared to follow through and mail my voucher and check. I’ll mail them back with very heavy paper and a couple of pennies. More weight, more money for postage they have to pay.

Comment from PIERRE RIGGS
Posted: June 5, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Thanks to all of those who commented…I received my materials from Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and almost fell for it….until I visited this website. THANKS, over and over!!!

Comment from Susan
Posted: June 5, 2007 at 11:06 pm

My77-year-old mother received the vouchers from these people and was totally convinced they were a gift from Publisher’s Clearing House. I know better and have gotten this kind of scam before. I used this site to show her they are not associated with PCH and are predators ready to take her money and send her junk.

Thanks for being here!

Comment from ELI
Posted: June 6, 2007 at 7:38 pm

I JUST GOT THIS JUNK AND THANKS TO THE INTERNET I WILL BE KEEPING MI MONEY SAFE IN THE BANK.

Comment from Sylvia Barnett
Posted: June 12, 2007 at 8:41 pm

I am a retired widow from New Jersey. I didn’t even think to look on the Internet concerning this company. I sent them $100 dollars because I thought I was getting a deal. It has been a month now and I haven’t heard anything. So much for MY deal. The funny or not so funny thing is I consulted my daughter. She had laid away a leather couch from them and had no problems what-so-ever. I guess they have to put salve on them selves every once in a while. I learned a costly lesson, one that will be with me all the rest of my days. LOOK CAREFULLY AT WHERE YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR MONEY

Comment from pamela vice
Posted: June 24, 2007 at 9:44 am

I received my vouchers and sent them a check for 450.00 for the laptop and camcorder, got to looking for their address and found the ripoffs. I went to the bank and they had not cashed their check and I put a stop payment on it so they are not getting my money. Just wanted to say thanks

Comment from R Alexander
Posted: June 28, 2007 at 1:11 am

Good for you for taking the time to maintain a site like this. Today I got a mailing from Sweepstakes Clearinghouse. It said that the six enclosed credit vouchers were my consolation prize in theTen Million Dollar Sweepstakes Giveaway –curious because also in today’s mail was an entry from Publishers Clearinghouse for which NO purchase was necessary to win. :-) I’m fairly saavy about most of the items Sweepstakes Clearinghouse is trying to sell me and knew immediately the merchandise was either out-of-date, i.e., very old versions probably from leftover clearance stocks; or, at least in my estimation, not worth their purchase prices. But out of curiosity, I googled the company and found this site. Again, I think it is very nice of you to have taken the time to post all this info. Kudos! And I’m going to turn in my Sweepstakes Clearinghouse mail to my local post office because I’m wondering if it violates any Ohio laws.

Comment from Gayle C. Joohnson
Posted: June 28, 2007 at 2:08 pm

I was vsery upset with the produts that I purchased from sweepstakes clearinghouse. The items were cheap inexpensive from the price I paid them. They sent me a computer that was out ofdate. The computer was old as my grandmother. They charged me already to shipped the computer to me then I had to pay shipping charges just to send it back to them. These people are nothing but a big time rip-off. I will never order anything else from their company again. They are ripping people off everyday with that junk they are selling.

Comment from Carrie
Posted: July 1, 2007 at 2:13 pm

THank you so much for all these comments, they have saved me from making the same mistake some of you did, only I do not have the money to just piss away. I thought it was too good to be true also, so I checked into it and this is the site I chose first, although there is many others. This kind of crap needs to be stopped! Most of us single mothers do not have the money to just throw away and I am so glad I did not. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!
Carrie

Comment from JOSETTE
Posted: July 2, 2007 at 4:38 pm

WOW!!! This info was found a little too late for my Mom & me.We’ve been sending payments in to this company for the last 3 months for a camcorder and a computer.Though it’s $$$ lost already I’m all too happy to have found out about this site before we make complete payout. Thank you,thank you for such a site. these theiving pigs need to be brought to justice and prosecuted.I will continue to pass this on to my friends/family members to [revent them from becoming a victim of scam. Again, THANX

Comment from Jenna
Posted: July 5, 2007 at 3:03 pm

HA! I am so flippin’ glad that I decided to do some research before sending in any checks to this company! I really need a computer but I just had a feeling that this deal was too good to be true and of course, it is!

Don’t do it! Don’t send them any money! Don’t take that chance! Go to Best Buy!

Comment from Gia Brazil
Posted: July 5, 2007 at 5:30 pm

I ordered a wstun gun from them for 38 dollars,and have not heard from them. Is there anyway to contact them? I cannot find a phonenumber or e-mail address. I also have some items in layaway. Thanks to you, I will not send them any more money.

Comment from Marshelle
Posted: July 6, 2007 at 2:06 pm

I received this offer in the mail and was considering getting the laptop computer. I am so glad that I decided to get on the Internet and see if this contest was legit before I sent them any money. I just started college and thought that this computer would be a good way to help me get through school. I am so glad I did not send these people any of my hard earned money.

I figured it was a scam because they did not have a number to contact them or an e-mail address.

Comment from vincent muzac
Posted: July 6, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Ok look, i just recieved those vouchers and i noticed a few things that a lot of people should have payed attention to.For example, i can’t find a phone number on any of the documents sent to me and if you’ve ever purchased anything in your life you would know that in case such an issue occurs you should always have the ability to contact your provider emediately, whether speaking on the phone or in person.If the only way i can speak with my provider is through the mail then they have the upper hand don’t they.Well i guess all i can say is that i’m sorry for all the trouble and if you don’t want it to happen again pay attention to detail they might be trying to take your car,your,house,and maybe even your ability to take care of your children.

Comment from Thanks for the heads up!
Posted: July 9, 2007 at 2:19 am

Almost fell for it. Thanks you guys! I thought it was PCH too and I’m 31 not 77. My wife and I had a check written for 149.95 to get a “DVC” Digital Camcorder package.

Comment from karen rieger
Posted: July 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm

i received the vouchers from sweepstake clearinghouse a few months ago and ordered a desktop computer from them, it worked good for about 3 months then the monitor quit working on it,so i had to get a new moitor for it whitch cost 300 more,i dont have a lot of money ,i tried to get ahold of them about it,but didnt have the number to call,i hope you catch these scammers.thanks

Comment from Giuseppe
Posted: July 11, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Just a friendly advice. Never do business with a company that does not have its complete address and phone number(s) on its mail envelopes. Also check Ripoff Report (www.ripoffreport.com) to find out if the company has complaints so far. Thanks and good luck.

Comment from Trice
Posted: July 11, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Wow, I am so sorry about all the bad luck people have had with sweepstakes clearing house. I have been using them for years. I purchased my 1st computer from them. Yes I did have to add microsoft word, but it got me through college. I have bought 2 stereo systems over the course of 10 years, that still work. Not many places you can get a record player, lol, cd player and tape player, radio all in one.
2 sets of luggage, and jewelry. Yes, the items may only be worth the amount without the vouchers, but so what? You get what you pay for and I’ve had no problems. The representatives have been helpful and very courteous. Need numbers? 1-214-915-7100 AND there is also a 1-800 number. 1-800-762-3302. Good Buck.

Comment from Admin
Posted: July 11, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Ah, the type of comment I just cannot resist.

I don’t know whether you are working for “Sweepstakes Clearing House” or are just seriously technologically challenged.

The facts of my original post on this subject remain. The computer they were offering was a ridiculously high-priced for a system that was a technological dinosaur. It wasn’t anything remotely resembling a good deal.

Your comment explains very nicely how these people make money and stay in business. Thanks for sharing that with us!

Comment from Rameys
Posted: July 12, 2007 at 1:32 pm

(WOW)I was about to drop in the mail six credit vouchers a lone with a check .I just said to my self this cant be right,so u guessd it. I check this sweepstakes clearinghouse 1555 Regal ROW PO BOX 569600 DALLAS TX 75356-9931 IS AFTER YOUR MONEY FOR SURE.I could not even locate a telephone number for questions and when you win something you win ,you dont pay anything they dont even have a e-email address for you to contact them, So i can put my money for good use,so people if u got mail from sweepstakes clearinghouse 1555 Regal ROW PO BOX 569600 DALLAS TX 75356-9931 .drop it in the garbabge can,SO i will be glady to pass this along to people in my sisde of town and post i this information.Gee thanks for your site. West Virginia Girl.

Comment from Robert Fuller
Posted: July 19, 2007 at 11:04 pm

today my wife told me to look up this digital camera she had been paying on. to get a long story short she received this voucher telling her if she payed 27.38 on the camera she would receive it. she has payed a 100 so far. I asked how much more she was suppose to pay she told me about 80. so i got to wondering why they would do that and asked for the voucher no number or internet address and the camera i cant even find it online. from what i have found out company is in trouble and could be shutting down soon. so these vouchers are their way of getting as much as they can. i wish wife would have told me about camera. it was suppose to be a gift. thanks for the info on site. thought i would share lastest ploy.

Comment from STORMY WOLFORD
Posted: July 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm

BOUGHT A DIGATIL CAMERA AND WEB CAM. THOUGHT GETTING A GREAT DEAL. SO I RETURNED MY OTHER ONES. BIG SUPRISE DON’T WORK. JUST A BIG SCAM. BIG MISTAKE. BECAREFUL BEFORE YOU BUY. YOU KNOW BUYER BEWARE. CRANE INDIANA

Comment from Nicole Gallucci
Posted: July 23, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Thanks for the reality light you shed on this company. I got my check vouhers for the comps & had an adrenaline rush. On a fixed income, using an outdated laptop, I thought I was finally getting my chance. Common sense told me to research the company before sacrificing my limited pocket change. After reading the short comments on Rip Off I was pretty much turning my back on the whole scenario, but there was still some wishful thinking tell me to give them a chance. Your sight was the last I clicked on & thank The Lord. The extensive details, reasoning, & responses are what finally made me turn the switch on in my brain. Ideal is not always smart. Thanks

Comment from Ashley
Posted: July 27, 2007 at 3:04 pm

You know, I got this in the mail today and I was so excited, because I Have been wanting a laptop…… and I am the type of person that jumps on a great deal……. as i almost did with this one…… but when I read this I notice that there was no phone number……. usually when there is no phone number there is a reason they do not want you to call them…. and clearly in this case its because they want to rip you off……….so i decided to jump on my computer and see if i could find a number to call and get more info about this whole “DEAL” but when I typed in there name this website is one of the first things to pop up…….. and boy am i glad that i found it because you guys just allowed me to have one less headache……… Thanks
~ashley~

Comment from Jackie L. Morris Jr.
Posted: July 29, 2007 at 8:02 pm

Thank God for the Internet and people taking the time to expose these scams. I guess not much changes for the consumer. Buyers still have to beware of everything that looks to good to be true.

Comment from Judy Stinnett
Posted: July 30, 2007 at 8:43 am

I was ready to mail back this sweepstakes claim when something told me to check it out on the internet. SO GLAD I DID!! Thanks………..I’ll not sending anything back.

Comment from Not Publisher’s Clearing House
Posted: August 1, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Almost mistook this company for “Publisher’s Clearing House” !! I tried to do some research on the “prizes” shown and I could not find any information on the brands listed (Ultralite Luggage, DVC Camcorder). So then I noticed it said “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse” and decided to give a look into them. And then I came to this site… :-)

Thankyou!

Comment from Janet Timco
Posted: August 7, 2007 at 6:41 pm

I ordered an air conditioner. I got the air conditioner but when it came they charged me for the shipping charte o $61.20 where their was no place where it said I would be charged shipping. They said it was on the back of the paper. I got another paper in the mail and it is exactly the same and their is still no places that has their is a shipping charge.

Comment from Sally
Posted: August 9, 2007 at 11:37 pm

You’d think at my age I’d have learned by now, if it sounds too goo to be true it probably is. I was just getting ready to send my order off for my kids’ Christmas gifts. One wanted the stereo and the other the desktop computer. I just had a bad feeling about putting my credit card info on those vouchers so decided to check out the internet to see if I could find info on the business. So glad I came across your web site. I am 51 yrs old, my husband passed away 3 months ago. I have no income, he did not want me to work, I take care of my 1 yr old grandson 24/7. I just can’t get it through my head that you can’t trust people anymore. I get ripped off more times than I like to admit just because I feel if people can trust me, I should be able to trust them too. NOT!!!! Anyway thanks so much.

Comment from Marie
Posted: August 12, 2007 at 11:42 am

I fell for the scamm I think we should take them to the cleaners,how can the government let them get away with this……….

Comment from Les
Posted: August 15, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Yeah, my mother almost fell for it also. Lucky I googled it, and read a few bad reports, and told her ‘too good to be true’. After I informed her, I found your site, and sent the link to her also. Good god, how could places such as this still remain in business. Iowa fined them 90,000 and told to improve there relations with customers. LOL

Comment from barbara
Posted: August 15, 2007 at 9:31 pm

my friend wanted to buy some of that junk . thank god we came across this site and now we are sure that its a scam. we are thinking of ways to try to scam them.
lets play scam the scammer LOL

Comment from Sherice
Posted: August 19, 2007 at 1:49 pm

I sent out a check a week ago for $309.85. When it hadn’t cleared today I searched online for the company name and found this site. I immediatley requested a stop payment on the check, emailed my bank, and the Dallas BBB office. Thank you.

Comment from marie
Posted: August 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I read your emails about the scams and I read many more about this company from Dallas, concerning the sweepstakes. I received a voucher from them and I decided not to send them any money but to check them out. After I went online and could not find not even a website but only compaints online. I knew that my gut insticnts were right that this is indeed a ripoff. I wondered if you all contacted the Better Business Bureau in Dallax or the Federal Trade Commission. Here is BBB’s number and the Dallas Attorney General’s number. They can’t do anything if people don’t report it.

If you have lost money to a gifting scheme, contact your local police department or the Attorney General’s office in your state. In Texas, contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General. Call 214-969-5310 in Dallas or 1-800-337-3928 in Texas, or go online to http://www.oag.state.tx.us.

To contact the BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas, visit http://www.dallas.bbb.org. Or call 214-220-2000, or in surrounding areas call 1-800-705-3994. The address is: BBB, 2001 Bryan St., Suite 3850, Dallas, TX 75201. The fax is 214-740-0321.

Comment from quiine jones
Posted: August 25, 2007 at 6:46 pm

AUGUST 25,2007 I RECIEVED SOME OF THOSE VOUCHERS OVER THE YEARS BUT I NEVER SNET ANYTHING LUCKILY BUT ANY WAY IT CAME OUT OF THE BLUE AND I BEEN WANTING A LAP TOP SO I SAID TO MYSELF LET ME LOOK ONLINE FOR THE COMPANY AND BEHOLD I DID IT HAD SOME RIP OFF REPORTS ABOUT PEOPLE NOT RECIEVING THERE MERCHANDISE AND SOME HOW I LANDED ON THIS SITE AND READ SOME OF THE STORIES AND IT HELPED ME MAKE A DECISION IM NOT SENDING THEM ANYTHING UNLESS THEY SEND IT OUT FIRST AND MAYBE I MIGHT MAKE A PAYMENT AND THEN BALE ON THEM LOL

Comment from Kathy from Arkansas
Posted: August 25, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Thank You so much! I’m taking care of a dying man and he got the vouchers and was going to send off for the Desktop Computer He was really excited about this! I took the papers to a friend who works on computers for a living and he told us that it was not worth two cents! Thank You for helping me save his money!

Comment from Admin
Posted: August 25, 2007 at 11:14 pm

I just love hearing stuff like that.

Thanks for sharing it, Kathy!

Comment from Joe
Posted: August 28, 2007 at 6:28 pm

But dosent Sweepstakes Clearing house have a website?
and they show rules and junk to enter….?
I just tried to check it out today….(it came in the mail)
so i msn-ed it and found a site i think its
www. sweepstakesclearinghouse.com

(Admin Comment: You’ll have to type in the above web site if you want to visit it. I do not want an active like pointing to those weasles.)

Comment from Paul
Posted: August 29, 2007 at 7:30 pm

I too received the vouchers in the mail and have been paying on two different items through their layaway program. I received a bill for the two items and sent in my payment but have not received any more bills from them. I have sent them emails asking why but have never got a response back from them at all. This business is a scam and I will never do business with them again. Thanks for opening my eyes and letting me see how they are before I spend too much money with them. Thank you for opening my eyes!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from Miranda
Posted: August 31, 2007 at 6:25 pm

i am so glad i decided to use my brain and research this a**holes. they should feel ashamed of themselves. they shouldn’t be allowed to this to people.

Comment from Judy L Cope
Posted: September 14, 2007 at 2:49 pm

I have received mailings over the years and actually ordered from them. I used the lay-a-way plan tho and made the payments. Once paid in full my stuff was sent to me as shipping and handling being cahrged on delivery. I think maybe they aen’t as bad as some think. I had no problems personally.

Comment from M Espinoza
Posted: September 24, 2007 at 5:06 pm

86.

What is it about me that keeps these vouchers ‘ gets ready to send the money ‘ and then decides to check them out on the internet.

It has been said before to you guys but ‘THANKS FOR THE WARNING!!!’

I was fooled ‘ and have been fooled ‘ into thinking that these guys were part of the PUBLISHER’S CLEARINGHOUSE and that’s probably one of the sources where they get their names. Maybe SC buys it from PCH.

Dang and I needed a decent camera too.

Comment from Joy Wilson
Posted: September 24, 2007 at 8:47 pm

My husband just handed me my mail and it was from Sweepstake Clearinhouse. I told myself “I win something”lol I thought it was from PCH. I then told my husband that I wanted to buy the DVC. The first word that came out from his mouth was SCAM!!!! hahaha. Since you can’t trust anyone today, I checked it out and oh my God it is. After reading all the comments I decided to send them back their Voucher in their self address envelopes and put rocks in it. Or…. my baby’s dirty diaper hmmmm, just kidding.

Comment from Teresa
Posted: September 27, 2007 at 8:27 pm

This is the second scam in the past 2 months that I have received. First, it was $60,000 that I won from a “drawing from phone numbers” and now this Sweepstakes Clearinghouse thing. RIDICULOUS!!!

I just wish I could win something for real :-)

Comment from Shane Hendrickson
Posted: September 29, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Buyer beware–I don’t usually respond to direct mailings unless I recognize the company name, but I really wanted the RCA stereo system to replace my decades-old rack. OK, so a technophile I am not. Anyway, I send off a check in the amount of $179.95 as requested in the mailing. A few weeks later the UPS man comes to my door telling me this company has sent me packages on COD–I need to pay him over $70 in order to get the merchandise for which I already paid. I just can’t wait to find out if this will ever be resolved or how long it will take for that matter.

Comment from dave L
Posted: October 16, 2007 at 9:51 am

I recieved my lucky sweepstakes packet! Sent for the Ultra light luggage set has been over a month, never recieved it. What a surprise. Wish I had found your web site sooner.

Comment from amy
Posted: October 25, 2007 at 10:35 am

i was going to buy the desktop laptop and camcorder the first week of november i’m so glad i looked into it.

Comment from mr.jones
Posted: November 2, 2007 at 12:52 pm

An absolute scam !!! products are deliverd to your residence with unbelieveable c.o.d. charges!!!

November 02 2007 at 12;45pm

Comment from Pamela
Posted: November 5, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Yeah, I recived my consolation prize notification today. With the same $400 checks toward a prize you still have to pay for. “I wonder how many millions they take from people.” It’s so bad. Everyone sends money and who does this go to. No one gets anything. Just the feeling they have been scamed. Is there not laws against this false notifcation? Can’t the federal post office put a stop to the sending out of clearing house mailings?

Comment from cathy swalley
Posted: November 14, 2007 at 7:19 pm

i just paid off my lay away and got my dishwasher but the conconter broke

Comment from Jon T
Posted: November 16, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Thanks… These scum bags just sent one of these mailers to my 8 year old daughter.

Comment from yvonne collins
Posted: November 22, 2007 at 1:19 am

I ordered a digital camera a couple of years ago and paid for it and it had a one year warrantee on it. I really liked it and used it a lot. It took good pictures and worked good too. The phone number is 214-915-7100. Yvonne

Comment from David Belseth
Posted: November 25, 2007 at 5:19 pm

I have read every single comment on this page to date. I simply cannot tolerate the people who say they cannot find tel.numbers for SC. I have found 6 phone numbers ( 800-443-1284, 800-731-6396,
800-762-3302, 214-915-7317, 314-915-7100, 214-630-5300 ) and a supposed e-mail address ( http://www.sweepstakesclearinghouse.com ?? )but I haven’t checked it out yet.
Don’t start thinking I’m defending these S.O.B’s, because I’m not. I was also going to order the DVC digital camcorder, that is untill I started researching the company. It is also my wish to put them out of business.
Some people say they thought they were going to get a NEW computer, only to recieve an outdated piece of junk. Well the advertisement
( if you bother to READ it instead of just looking at the pictures and sending your money ) CLEARLY states ” REMANUFACTURED or REFURBISHED “.
One more thing about the computers. Sweepstakes clearing house’ ad in the description gives ” operating system ” as WINDOWS XP. However all the reports I’VE read stated they came with WINDOWS 95 or WINDOWS 98, which are both obsolete these days.
You know the authorities put MARTHA STEWART in jail for something similar to this, so WHY DO THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH THIS OBVIOUS SPOOF. All their executives should be behind bars for at least 10 years, No house arrest like MARTHA STEWART got.

Comment from David Belseth
Posted: November 25, 2007 at 5:39 pm

Also ADMIN, I just checked out their website. It states THIS ” SWEEPSTAKES CLEARINGHOUSE participants have enjoyed top quality name brand merchandise for many years. Famous brand names you know and trust. ”
Well the only Name Brand I recognized was RCA, the sterio system, but complaints I’ve read even said THAT was crapola.
SC says they have been in business for over 2 DECADES. 20 YEARS ‘?
They have been getting away with peoples money for 20 years now. How and when is somebody going to put a STOP to this MADNESS !!!!!

Comment from Jeffrey
Posted: November 27, 2007 at 11:29 pm

I had just received the sweepstakes clearinghouse vouchers. was going to go far the laptop and then I saw that there was no 800 number so I searched the internet about these people and thought that I would call ed a friend of my about this, and he warned me not to send any money or use the lay away plan because I will not receive my product. Sites like this one need to be one of the first one they see in the search engines.
Jeffrey of California

Comment from Esther
Posted: November 28, 2007 at 12:54 am

I just got the $400 vouchers on mail. Thank you for saving me from this scam. This people need to be stopped!

Comment from Misgana
Posted: November 28, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Hey guys, i just received the sweepstakes clearinghouse vouchers.I was very excited and gonna pay for all the items. However, i decided first to do my search on the internet to check if the award was for real. Fortunately, i did read your valuable comments on this deceptive mailing. Thanks, you saved me, guys.

Comment from Oliver
Posted: November 30, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Thanks a lot I got my $400. Vouchers today and was about to order but checked the internet first. Thanks to folks like you i saved my money Keep up the good work

Comment from Marcie
Posted: December 4, 2007 at 8:41 am

Oh gee, I had no idea that you have been hurt by what happened in the past with this company. I recall that when I first got this mailing when I was younger and still in Rolla, I sent for the luggage that I wanted but some time later, I stopped paying because I was getting tired of paying so long and decided to stop the payments and thought I would get these back but I did not that is what I can recall. Much later on, I got back with this Texan company and began paying for these products that I thought I would like to have. Well, they do have phone number which is a little sort of yellow or green colored paper card which came with the first bill statement. I was frankly surprised to get a late payment notice telling me that I should pay so I did that so I woulld not lose the product that I wanted. As for the shipping charges, well what can I say? All I know is that you are bitter at this Texan company. You NEED TO FORGIVE them and yourselves so you can get on with your lives and it is likely that they are feeling the punch so to speak because of what happened in the past. I know that they do have customer service, through. They were a bit helpful and I think I told them that I had never recieved my refund back but I am not entirely sure. Anyway, I have recieved some products that I really never thought I would get and they sure came in slightly damaged box but the dishwasher too big for the kitchen counter and they look good. I ordered a lambskin jacket which I must admit that it looks good but it does need just a wee bit of sewing if you know what to look for. I even got a Toshia VCR and DVD combo. It still works! That is because God knows that I do not relish being ah how shall I say, taken avanagte of just because I am innocent in this matter. Today, I was looking up for the fireplaces and thought of what this Texan company have. They do have two ventless and smokeless fireplaces and even a oil heater, I think. I looked down these links and noted that you were down the last one of the first page of the Google and noted some grumbling so I thought I would check yours out to see why. Well, frnakly I don’t know what else to say expect that I am still going to check the Texan company website once again and boy, I simply can’t believe that you are in pain because of what happened in the past! It sure makes me think that we need to stop being bitter and then once we have let this heavy burden go, we do feel very much better afterwards. Of course, God will deal with anyone who have been doing bad stuff such as making us believe something is real but it is not so because I did exp that when I got these vouchers at first. Oh well, one more thing is that God really does pay attention to what is happening and still loves us anyway!

Comment from Brenda
Posted: December 25, 2007 at 6:07 pm

I am truly sorry you all had such bad experiences with Sweepstakes Clearinghouse. 2 to 3 years ago, I myself got 3 really great computers from them with Windows XP Home SP2, that were built systems with no OEM bios or other junk loaded on the systems like OEM products, such as; HP, Dell, Acer, and many other companies. These computers were cheaper than brand name computers and offer more upgradeability, you can even upgrade the motherboard easily. I had only had one problem and it was that 2 of the computers came with Philips 17″ Monitors like advertised but the other only came with a Philips 15″ Monitor. I am a computer technician and to be honest I couldn’t have built a computer like these as cheaply as I got them… FYI… I still have the 3 computers and have upgraded them all to keep up with the computer technology. I just thought people should know that not everything from this company is a joke or a rip off ‘if’ you know your products and research before you buy.

Comment from MNM7664
Posted: December 27, 2007 at 6:37 pm

I have received these same vouchers. I did do research on the digital camera, but was unable to find any information on DVC. I was trying to compare prices. Still, not listening to my inner voice and wanted the camera desperatly, I sent my $10.00 in to start my layway. This was in November, it is now the end of December and I have yet to receive a bill, and I didn’t keep any of the infomation. So I tried to find them on the internet, because I knew who I wrote the check out to. The other wierd thing is when they cashed my check it was done electronically and I was unable to obtain any info from the bank on them, because of that. I tried to google SC, but I guess I put it in wrong and came up with PCH. So I e-mailed PCH and I was informed that it was not them and they gave me the phone number I needed to call. So I decided to try and find them on the internet again! And this site is what I came across.

I just want to say Thank you! I’ve only lost out on $10.00 it could have been worse!! Please people make sure you do your research thoughly. I will not be sending anymore money to these people!!

Comment from Chs
Posted: January 2, 2008 at 7:47 pm

What a shame. The letter I received really had me fooled. It stated that these vouchers are my “consolation prize for the 10 Million Dollar Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Giveaway”. The only sweepstakes I entered this year was the Publishers Clearinghouse. I do believe they are giving or selling SC our information. Shame on them. I never would have sent money without doing my research first. I couldn’t find any valid info on the “DVC” brand camcorder, but figured I could do some comparison shopping and was hoping it was going to work out. Thank goodness I came across this website. Thanks for the info, They won’t be fooling me again.

Comment from David
Posted: January 3, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Yea i knew it was a ripoff right off hand with the vouchers, then i looked at the laptop, 10 gb hdd, YEA that MIGHT hold my music, lol its funny cuz im only running 120gb hdd right now and its 92% full … that sucks

Comment from julia
Posted: January 6, 2008 at 12:48 am

This is shocking. I bought, dinett, cookware, and china there and received each one of them.

Comment from ede
Posted: January 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

At first i was like sweet because i need a laptop for college. I thought my luck was looking up for once be cause i have the worst luck in the world. I heard about scams b4 so i was like i wonder if i Google there address wut will come up and to my surprise i found this website and I’ve read every single post i also called there “number” and you can’t talk to anyone it’s all automated . Well thanx big time dude

Comment from mel
Posted: January 15, 2008 at 5:19 pm

i myself paid for a computer a year ago and did not revied my computer yet they have been sending me mail to buy something eles
if i did not call them today i still wood not get mail back for my computer now they want me to pay a 1$ a day all i want is my money back asap and they want to take 1 a day for something thats already pay for. someone need to stop them now this is not rigth

Comment from isabel
Posted: February 15, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I just send 20.00 dollars to start my layway plan for the camcorder and stereo system (2/13/08),and was planing on sending the rest of the amount on 2/28/08,but thanks to people like you all i’m not sending them another penny.I kind of had a feeling it was to good to be true……THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME NOW THAT ITS JUST A BIG SCAM,AND I HOPE THEY GET CAUGHT AND GET PUT IN JAIL WHERE THEY BELONG.

Comment from Jenny
Posted: February 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm

i got a computer in layway. and i dont want it. do you think i can get my money back’

Comment from Admin
Posted: February 28, 2008 at 11:44 am

That’s a tough question, Jenny. I would find it hard to be optimistic about getting your money back in light of what some other comments have stated here.

It may be worth a try since you have nothing to lose.

Comment from victor
Posted: March 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Thank you for the warning ! We were almost duped in this one but after the last time of recieving a check for $3,800 from another Scam company,i’ve become aware of “if it’s too good to be true it probably is” concept. They have some personal info on this stuff why can’t a they be tracked down? Is there anyone to monitor all this and prosecute?

Comment from angela
Posted: March 18, 2008 at 4:55 pm

these people are criminal they need to be sent to jail

Comment from Tina
Posted: March 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Thank you so very much my 87 year old dad had his check book in hand when he got this “lovely” piece of “junk” he’s been gambling for many years and whan he seen the clearinghouse seal through the window he thought FINALLY… i won something, but it looked like very poor quality merchandise so i looked to the internet to see if such place exsisted not to mention they have no website,go figure such a “big wonderful company”.Anyway thanks from me and my dad.

Comment from Randy
Posted: March 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm

sweepstakes clearinghouse does have a website. it’s sweepstakesclearinghouse.com they do have a number and an adress. but it totally is a scam. the funny thing is that about 15 % of the people that respond to these adds do get the product and have no problems but the other 85% get completly screwed. I was resaerching the company because a 42 inch toshiba flatscreen hd tv for 800 bucks isn’t a bad lay a way deal if you don’t have the money. I just wanted to figure out when I could actually get the item. but thanks to this site and many others I am ripping my 6 400 dollars credit vouchers so I can put them in their prepaid envolope and laugh about it

Comment from cheri
Posted: March 31, 2008 at 5:44 pm

i have purchased the rca stereo and havent even taken it out of the box yet and i also have purchased the computer which i havent received yet but plan on refusing when it arrives.wish i look @ this sooner thanks for all the info

Comment from Steven
Posted: April 1, 2008 at 3:18 am

My nearly eighty year old parents well at least my Father almost fell for this,what else can one call it but deceptive if not out right FRAUD!
Why the USPS Post Master General’s Office,and or the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t get off their backsides and go after these companies is beyond me.
Iam sending all of such garbage after I make copies of them to the ftc,fbi,usps,and Congressional Reps.
I know they will be ignored still one has to do something.
Also I wonder why the computer brand names,and software brand names,etc aren’t speaking up maybe a letter or two to them also.
all the best to honest,hardworking folks
Steven

Comment from Stacey
Posted: April 6, 2008 at 9:02 pm

I have bought a few items from these guys and I have never had a problem with them. My 3 CD RCA Stereo worked like a dream and I had it for many years up until my kids broke it and it was my kids, not a defect. I also have gotten a luggage set that is wonderful and another stereo. My sister also has gotten a stereo from them and she has not had any problems. I am not saying that you and many others haven’t had problems. I am just saying I have bought from them and I am one of their satisfied customers.

Comment from Brittney
Posted: April 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Omg i just recieved the same thing in the mail this morning and went ahead and opened the letter just to take a look. I felt something was “fishy” about it so i went ahead and looked up some info about the company and come to find out, its a low-down scam just as a thought! Sigh… People that try to take people like “us” for stupid really pisses me off you know? lol Anyways, im glad i didnt fall for it and i just would like to say thank you so much, i really appreciate you spreading the word about these morons. Two Thumbs up! ^^

Comment from Hillary
Posted: April 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Yeah, I got 6 400 dollar vouchers in the Mail yesterday!
I was shocked, and happy, because I seen the laptop and I needed one.
But, I had my doubts all along!! I knew there was something fishy about it, they didnt have any contact information or anything.
So, I went online and typed in sweepstakes clearinghouse in google and it showed the website for them. So, I clicked on it, and it looked like a kid did their webpage, so that got me VERY doubtful, and I looked on the Contact us Link, and it had a number, but not a 1800 number. Usually bussiness’s have 1800 numbers.. So I searched their name into google again to see if anyone has made a Forum or anything to see if it was a scam, and I cam across this!!
Thank you so much, I would never send money in the mail to someone, when I didnt sign anything online for them, I didn’t know how they knew my First, and last name, or my Address… I mean, what the hell!!!
These people are Assholes!!
How could somebody do that to someone?

Comment from Hillary
Posted: April 29, 2008 at 6:25 pm

So to my other message..
I just ripped up ALL of my vouchers, put them in the envelope, and I am going to write on a piece of paper saying ” FUCK YOU, SCAMMING FUCKERS! GO ROTE IN HELL YOU PIECES OF SHITS!!”
I sound like I have tourets hahaha!!
And, I will send messages on a daily basis to these guys, Being the royalest bitch in the world!! They are not going to fuck with me and get away with it, and seeings how I live in Maine, and they are in Texas, I can’t find out where they are… Trust me, If I could find them I would fucking smash them all!!

Comment from dorn
Posted: April 29, 2008 at 6:33 pm

i think everyone should join forces and sue bill gates for all of these kind od mess’s that he has caused.

Comment from suthida
Posted: May 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Thank you, I am glad that I check this before become another victim. I got the coupon from SC and almost send them a cheque. How did they have my address? Why can’t gov. do something to stop them?

Thank you,

Comment from TrickyDick
Posted: May 6, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Ok, Here’s what you do… just send these guys back their own vouchers but on the envelope put their address as the delivery and return address with NO postage. The post office will deliver it to them and make them pay the postage for it. They most likely will, thinking it’s someone sending them money for their crap! We will nickel and dime them out of business!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!

Comment from Donna
Posted: May 31, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Thanks alot. I was going to send out for the lap top on Monday. I knew this was too good to be true. Everyone read the fine print. You’ll get caught up just like I almost did. Thanks alot

Comment from Ginette
Posted: August 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for your input!! I had misgivings about this offer…it was too good to be true and now my worries have been confirmed and I realize that this was all a scam! I mean, how many people will send in their money and when they get the “below standard” items, will still not get back a full refund since you have to pay “shipping and handling”! Thanks again!!

Comment from RobFromKY
Posted: September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

man, I owe you a big one, my mom got this offer and I’ve been trying to talk her in to it, but she’s smarter than me. went online, found your article… I’m tearing these things up right now. I should have known better because I have computer experience, too. Thanks, man.

Comment from Admin
Posted: September 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm

You are quite welcome.

That’s why I do this.

Comment from Sonia
Posted: September 23, 2008 at 9:41 am

I have looked into this and it is strange that FL and NY cannot sign up for this. If FL and NY who are part of the US cannot sign up for it, then something must be up.

I lived in TN as a teen and brought a few non electronic items in the late 80’s early 90’s that I am still using today and did not have a problem with it other than the last few items I brought in the mid 90 to late 90’s came COD and was a wow price for shipping.

Now I live in FL and was wondering why I have not received mail from them. Sounds like I was one of the few lucky ones that did not get burned other than the high shipping cost…which was never seen listed anywhere on any of the paper work I seen.

Comment from Kari
Posted: October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Thank you, to everyone that tries to help out there fellow man! You have heart & that is always something that is needed in this world about a year ago I got a check in the mail with a letter that said I won this money it was a lot $$$ I called the number on the check to see if it was real it of course was not so I reported the matter to the BBB & of course the bank that day I sent the original letter & check back to the bank BUT I also let the bank know that I was copying the front of the check & the letter to send them to the BBB I received another check about a week latter I called that number knowing that is was bull but the scammers changed the number on the check to a number that they had so again I contacted the BBB & let them know that I had gotten another check & letter that was about the same they were surprised that I got two, They said that had never happened before LOL… always ALWAYS!! Look on line there are awesome people in this world that care & do not want anyone to be ripped off.
Thank you all

Comment from Admin
Posted: October 21, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Thanks for stopping by to share your story, Kari.

Glad to hear that you were wise to them and their tricks.

Comment from scott
Posted: October 29, 2008 at 10:47 am

hi folks …well i sent in 4 payments ,,,,2 for the laptop,and 2 for the digital camera,,,and know i find out that i have to pay a large shipping fee ..and know i just want to find out how i can get my money back…so if anyone knows can u please let me know ,,thanks
alot 4 ur help.those a-holes…..

Comment from Lindsay
Posted: November 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I almost laughed out loud when I looked through their crap they sent me in the mail. They wanted me to just hand over my credit card info and just sit and hope that they send me some outdated, overpriced junk?? I’m sorry for those of you that fell for this scam. I googled and found all kinds of complaints which just confirmed my suspicions. Please, if it looks too good to be true, then it is. And never ever buy anything from any business without first googling the company name and “scam” next to it… see what you come up with. And thanks for the blog, you explained everything well–I hope more people read it!

Comment from T.
Posted: November 1, 2008 at 9:04 pm

It’s pretty damn pathetic that in this day & age, these CRIMINALS are allowed to blatently RIP PEOPLE OFF and the Government drags their feet or does nothing to stop them. The first clue that these people are a RIP OFF is that they don’t give you any phone number to contact them. I advise the people that did get ripped off by these crooks to travel to their address at 1555 Regal Row in Dallas, Texas and have a little fact to face chat with them (hint hint). Most people work to hard for their money these days to be ripped off by some LAZY PIECE OF CRAP CON ARTIST like this. DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT or they will keep doing it. If everyone files a criminal complaint with the Feds, they will have to act on it. DO IT and lets put these losers in JAIL!!!!!

Comment from james
Posted: November 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the warning, I almost fell for it.

Comment from Marsha
Posted: November 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

I even chatted on-line with a representative from Dell who thought it sounded too good to be true. You saved me a lot of grief with the warnings. I have the vouchers and letter on my lap and will be ripping them up. Thank you.

Comment from Sharron
Posted: November 23, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Hi Guys, about 8 years ago I got the vouchers and purchased a set of luggages and I got them in record time, and with no problems. I still have the luggage which I have used so many times already.
Recently I purchaded a laptop on layaway and got it about a week after I sent my last payment. It is still working good, no problems at all.

Comment from Michelle North
Posted: November 26, 2008 at 1:09 am

Thank you. My Aunt recently received one of these vouchers in the mail and was considering it for my Mother’s X-mas gift. As soon as I type the name of the company in Google, I saw this and other sites as well and figured it was the scam I thought it was. Thank you.

Comment from Kitty
Posted: December 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Thank You so much for getting the word out! I was about to purchase the laptop and then I found this Web Site and you saved me from spending my X-Mas money on a rip off. This would of riuned X-MAS for my children. So realy you saved X-MAS. So if it’s to good to be true then it is. Thank-You and GOD BLESS.

Comment from jean
Posted: December 31, 2008 at 2:40 pm

im just trying to figure out why, after over two years (the first posting was 6/06) is this company still doing this’ my 80 year old father was going to send for one of their products till i stopped him. i told him i just wanted to check them out before he orders anything, and if they check out OK then he can order. thank god i checked. but with all the complaints , why are they still in business?

Comment from Dan
Posted: January 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I would suggest that with ANY junk mail you get with a business reply envelope, stuff all the mail, their envelope included into the business reply envelope and send it back to them! At least they have to PAY to get their own crap back! I have done this for many years with ALL junk mail..

Comment from Jo
Posted: February 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

It’s still happening. I just got mine in the mail today. Thankfully I know something about computers and my ten year old laptop has better RAM and HD space. Yikes! What else can we do? Do you think Publisher’s Clearinghouse knows about it? Since this company is obviously copying them?

Comment from Melodie
Posted: February 26, 2009 at 9:01 am

AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO WAS HAPPY WITH MY EXPERIENCES WITH SWEEPSTAKES CLEARINGHOUSE”’

Due to poor credit and lack of funds, I used this layaway plan and did receive an ENTIRE entertainment center. Yes it was RCA, but I received it back in 1998. The tower speakers and entertainment center were long since sold. The only item that gave me any trouble was the shelf top stereo. And even it lasted for a few years. It is now 2009 and the TV is still working, it’s been dropped, kool aid poured down the back and inside of it (basically put through the ringer)

Comment from Lisa
Posted: March 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Just wanted to put my 2 cents in on this. I have purchased several things from this company and have never had any problems. I always put my stuff on lay-away and have always received my merchandise as soon as it is paid for. I have always been happy with the items that I have received and plan on buying again. Not sure why people think that his is a scam, yes the vouchers may not always fit the merchandise but where else do you get lay away for 10.00?

Comment from ruben
Posted: March 28, 2009 at 12:50 am

AWWW MAN … I’M SOOOOOO GLAD I WENT INTO MY PC AND FOUND THIS WEBSITE , I WAS JUST ABOUT TO SEND FOR THE STEREO AND CAMERA AND MAYBE THE LAPTOP .. I KNEW I SMELLED SOMETHING ROTTEN BUT COULD NOT PUT MY FINGER ON IT BUT I’M SOOOO GLAD I FOUND THIS … I THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE !!!!!!

Comment from ruben
Posted: March 28, 2009 at 12:52 am

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!

Comment from Angela
Posted: April 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Just to let anyone who gets on this website know..
The toll-free number for contacting Sweepstakes Clearinghouse is 800-443-1284.
If everyones really doing some research you would have found this number where you get contact customer service.
Its a business in Texas, press 0 for the operater and tell them you want to talk to sweepstakes clearinghouse and they will direct you to customer service.
They will let you know how much money you paid, if you can get a refund, and where your missing orders are.
And if you want to read about how many times they’ve been sued(sp) justlook it up. I’ve read a handful of states that they had to pay back so if you’ve lost money its possible to get it back.

Comment from J.Bethel
Posted: May 14, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I got my Vouchers for the at least 50Th time I have ask numerous times to be removed from there mailing list to no avail I’ve called there 800 number they promised to remove it stops for a year or so an then starts over again I bought luggage once it ripped the first time I used it an they did nothing for me there product is nothing but junk J.Bethel 5/14/2009

Comment from Diana
Posted: June 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I have read a lot of negative responses here but I am not one of them. I have been buying from SCH for quite a few years now.
SCH is just like any where else. You have to read the descriptions of the items carefully. Some of the items are older but don’t buy them then.
I have been pleased with my purchases and the customer service is a
pleasure to talk to.
I love the layaway plan for $10.00 or $25.00.
If you don’t like it throw it away.
Just like TV if you don’t like it turn the channel.

Comment from Moses
Posted: June 25, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I just received their vouchers through mail and boy am I glad I checked them out on the internet. 10 GB hard drive for a laptop? are they an outfit from the past or what?

What’s worrying about all this is that they’re still in business because I can see some replies here are dated way back in 2006! Seems like more unsuspecting people are falling victim to them everyday.

Imagine how much they might be making by sending their junk to households all over america. The population of USA is app. 300 million. Now let’s assume they reach 1/20 of this population and 1/6 end up sending $10 lay-a-ways. That adds up to around
2,500,000 who get conned. These conned unsuspecting people end up paying a $10 lay-a-way and this end as $25,000,000 for the company!!!I know my numbers are far fetched but if you start to think of it this way then you’ll be pissed off like some of are over here!

Just a note, call this number for the US FRAUD DEPARTMENT at 800-876-7060 if you’ve falling victim to this scammers. I guess as more people keep nagging the government about their scheme there’s a chance they might not stay in business for too long.

Comment from shelly k.
Posted: June 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

oh no i just bought the omni 2 hd camcorder for 119.95. now that i read these reveiws im a little nervous. am i going to get it or is it going to be junk. has anyone else ordered this item?

Comment from Becky
Posted: August 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Aloha, just got a letter in the mail from Clearinghouse Sweepstakes dated… August 17, 2009..

Beware all.. they are still mailing these letters out… thank you for having this website…

Comment from Sol Stark
Posted: August 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

8/21/09
Just received the familiar Clearinghouse Sweepstakes letter with
the six $400.00 checks to be used toward their list of overpriced, outdated and obsolete junk being offered.
They are obviously still fishing for naive scam victims.
Although they don’t advertise their phone number,if anyone wants
it for any reason, it is available on internet phone directories:
Phone #: 1 214 915 7100
Fax # 1 214 630 1926
Keep alert
S.S.

Comment from Nancy
Posted: August 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

My 80-year-old mother received the vouchers and checks in today’s mail, thinking she’d won Publisher’s Clearinghouse. I was suspicious because I would think if you won something from Publisher’s Clearinghouse, it would say Publisher’s Clearinghouse, not Sweepstakes Clearinghouse. But my mom was so excited, I decided to take a look for myself.

As soon as I looked at the computers – of which the desktop pictured had a 3.5″ FLOPPY DRIVE! – I knew this was a scam! No one sells computers with floppy drives anymore! I didn’t pay anything near $849 for my brand-new Dell laptop and it’s ten times better than that piece of junk they have advertised. And I love their generosity in offering 10 free hours a month on NetZero! Also, one of the software titles in the list of choices of software you can get for free if you buy one of these outdated computers is, in fact, free – you can go to OpenOffice.org and download it for FREE. I know, I have it on my laptop. I use it in place of Microsoft Office and it’s great. Dollars to donuts the version offered in the brochure is outdated.

It wasn’t until I found this site and one other that I was able to convince my mother that no, she hadn’t won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. As of right now, the checks have been torn up and the brochure is in with our paper recyclables. In other words, it’s trash, just like the products offered.

Comment from Jim Z.
Posted: September 10, 2009 at 11:13 pm

thank you!!!! I did notice the computers were “refurbished”and thought they were pricey..yup RCA’s outdated too..glad i googled and found your site.these assholes have been scamming people for twenty years….guessing a lot of elderly people to..that can’t see the”fine print” I ripped up the vouchers..told them they were scammers,an piss off…mailing it back to them in the reply envelope
thank again Jim in Worcester Ma.

Comment from Roy Esquivel
Posted: October 18, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I bought something some time ago from Sweepstakes Clearinghouse but I didn’t use their layaway plan and paid in cash (with a check). It took them a little over two month to ship my item (a curio) and to my disadvantage, shipping and handling wasn’t included in the final price. I had to pay an extra $45.00 on C.O.D.

Comment from queen
Posted: October 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

thanks,i just went to the web to get their phone number cos the voucher they sent me has expired.i just wanted to call them and ask if i could still use it.but thank God i saw their scam.i have dealt with them in the past,and i found out they are lair.thanks to this web,i just put the mails in the trash and other people pls be aware.

Comment from Misty
Posted: October 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Thanks so much! I just recived one in the mail today. Figuerd I would research and walla I was right how can they get away with doing this stuff for so long?

Comment from Sterling
Posted: October 27, 2009 at 4:55 am

I honestly don’t know what most of you guys are taking bout because I’ve been buying items from them for the past five years and purchase things from electronics to jewelry and recieved everything with no problem at all and they all worked fine.. You can find comprable prices else where but they have a wonderful lay-a-way plan and their customer service is very helpful.. I once simply forgot to make payments on a gold ring in over a year I just called them reactivated my account paid the balance and got my ring ( bling bling).. So not to call you guys liers but I found this hard to believe because I’m still jamming to my stereo and I just watch the Monday Night Football game on my 42″.. The only complaint that I have is that I never won one of those $10,000 sweepstakes… Sterling… Florida

Comment from Admin
Posted: October 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

Oh my goodness, what ever could all these people be complaining about?

Here’s a few hints for you:

http://www.iowa.gov/government/ag/consumer/press_releases/sweepsy2.html

http://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/Company/Sweepstakes-Clearinghouse.aspx

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r22913588-Scam-Sweepstakes-Clearinghouse

http://sweepstakes-clearinghouse.pissedconsumer.com/

http://www.complaints.com/directory/2006/june/23/2.htm

http://www.complaintsboard.com/bycompany/sweepstakes-clearinghouse-a23540.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/28/news/how-an-800-call-can-cost-15.60.html?pagewanted=all

They seem like a wonderful company, don’t they?

Our friend Sterling is either one of the world’s least-demanding consumers or perhaps he has some connection to the wonderful folks at Sweepstakes Clearinghouse.

Either way, he’s has to be a big fan of the company in order for him to take the time and effort to post that reply via his iPhone. He does appear to actually be in Florida, however, so at least we can give him credit for getting that right.

Comment from Sterling
Posted: October 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm

… First of all I’m refering from my personal experience, so how can you say I’m wrong about something I went through myself.. I’m not encouraging others to use their service I’m just stating my two cents as well as the others on this website did.. I’m telling people to buy and I’m certainly not tell people not to buy.. If it was just a huge scam like you and others say it is then how can be up and running after all these years.. And by the way, how did you know I was on my iPhone….Sterling(least demanding consumer)…Florida

Comment from Admin
Posted: October 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

The fact of the matter is that you are in the minority where this company is concerned and are one of very few who defend them. I know for a FACT the equipment I saw them selling was outdated and way overpriced. That’s cannot be argued. The legal trouble they got themselves into does not look too good either.

As you surf the internet, virtually every web site you visit runs on a server that collects technical information like your IP address, browser type, operating system, etc. It is all very standard and does not contain anything that can personally identify anyone. That’s how I knew it was an iPhone. Just ask any webmaster and they will tell you the same thing about the information that is collected automatically by the servers. Heck, we don’t even have to set it up, it is all done by the company that owns the servers that the sites are hosted on.

Comment from Shauna
Posted: November 2, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. I’m usually pretty skeptical when I get stuff through the mail that I didn’t remember signing up for ($10 Million Sweepstakes?) however, I decided to check these things out to see if they just might be worth anything. When I couldn’t find the cookware anywhere online except someone selling it on Ebay for a little over $100, I figured something was pretty hokey. After a little more research, I came across your blog.

As for the computers: I had a laptop like this for a few years in college before I got my upgrade in 2006 and there’s no way that I would ever voluntarily go back to one of those. Yuck! Thanks for the heads up on the scam and reaffirming my suspicions that these people are crooks.

Comment from Scott
Posted: November 25, 2009 at 1:19 am

I recieved my mail today from the sweepstakes and I realized that it already looks like a scam just by the presentation of the checks and how they left no form of contact #. I wanted the no brand name camcorder but i recall my sister falling for this scam.
she got a laptop from them. the laptop came in and i was freaked out by how old the laptop was. the laptop was so old, fat, and heavy i could throw it to the wall and it would break the wall down without getting damaged. it was windows 98 and we got it in 2007. hello scammer, upgrade your products. seems like they just went into their attic and said “oh let’s scam someone by making them buy our grandfather laptop”. On the good side it came in and still works up to now. however we just use it for the kids. In my opinion,
trust the words of this site. don’t get fooled by those checks or you’ll regret the product you chose. so sweepstakes if you read this, please upgrade your stuff and stop trying to scam people for their hard earned money.

Comment from Jim
Posted: January 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I almost bought into it too. And I thought I was good at catching these types of things. For me the first clue it was fraudulent was the name. I have sent something to Publishers Clearing House recently, and I am wondering if this one is getting their mailing list somehow. I dont know just seems too close in relation.

Comment from Angela Warnock
Posted: February 12, 2010 at 12:52 am

WOW. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS INFORMATION TOGETHER!!!! Just got a mailing, myself. “$400.00 voucher for a camcorder” “$300.00 voucher toward a Dell computer” and the like.
Tossing it out right away. WOW. Thanks again!!!!!

Comment from brian hebert
Posted: February 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

thanks for info, researched for dad and mom. Told them it was too good to be thue. Thanks again

Comment from brian hebert
Posted: February 18, 2010 at 10:33 am

ebay got the xavier watches for $20.00, the
32-pc freedom/cuisinart for $145.00, name brands DVC digital camcorder for around $150.00 and 5 cd system made for ipod around $200.00 (name brands)buyer beware.

Comment from anna
Posted: February 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I just recieved my vouchers in the mail I was so excited to get the desktop computer. I am so glad that I got this website. Thanks so much for the info.

Comment from jon
Posted: February 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

Scam still in progress(2010)

even though this isnt a real scam… its not very nice to take advantage of CA citizens

Im trashing the mail and sending them a big fu too in return :)

Comment from jerryfbooher
Posted: March 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

thank you for info. on scam

Comment from Max Redfire
Posted: March 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I’ve purchased a couple items from this company, such as my Dell desktop, with Windows xp, about a year ago. I received it promptly, professionally wrapped and boxed, and it has worked perfectly. Best wishes from Cape Cod.

Comment from FLASHY
Posted: March 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I’m so glad you guys provided this information. My brother and I was just planning on how we gonna make a purchase on some of their items. Thank God we were smart enough to look do a little research on the “thieves” who disguise themselves as sweepstake. No wonder they go by the name sweepstake – because they go about sweeping off people’s hard earn money. Them low-life should be thrown in jail.

Comment from DEE
Posted: March 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

WOW, I JUST FOUND OUT TODAY TO READ ALOT OS NEGATIVE COMMENTS…. I NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS BEC I PURCHASED DESKTOP COMPUTER LAST YEAR THRU MONEY ORDERED, NOT ATM AND CHECK. AFTER I FINISHED MAKING MY LAYAWAY PAYMENT THEN 2 WEEKS LATER ITS ARRIVES IN PROPER BOXES AND WRAPPED IT WELL TO PROTECT IT AND I DONT HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH IT. ITS MAY BE WORTH IT FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO DONT HAVE WHOLE LOT OF MONEY TO PAY ALL AT ONCE!!!!

Comment from Jo
Posted: March 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Just had to attorney general posterpass.com, can’t trust anyone. I’ve bought a few things and have been happy until the home gym.
Piece of junk. Can’t get in touch by phone, and no responce to e-mail or letters. ould love to get a class action suit going, god knows there’s enough people, that would make them think!

Comment from Kerley
Posted: March 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

we sent off money and how can you get it back?.
it was also through financing. we called them 4 to 5 times a day and they tell us that they’ll have someone call us back. so i was wondering how i could get my money back.?.

Comment from Jo
Posted: March 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Have been trying to reach them for about a year, Tons of phone calls, letters and e-mails,not one returned, on the health glider I recieved with missing pieces and a support pole that was too short, so could not be set up properly. I go this in anticipation of surgery I’m to have any time. (Waiting on a date) I’m Agorophobic and don’t get out much and need something to excesize on. Too make matters worse, because it’s taken so long, I cannot find my reciept. I live in a small room and had to move thing around, and get rid of furniture to make room for it!

Comment from Regina
Posted: April 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I just got mine in the mail. I always check things out on the Internet. I notice the people that say, “I got what I wanted and it works fine”. They didn’t say it was outdated, over priced or anything like you stated. They probalbe work for the company. I’m with you, maybe not a scam, but surely misleading.

Comment from jimmy
Posted: April 8, 2010 at 1:19 am

There is a small way to get back at Sweepstakes clearing house. Just mail that return postage paid by addressee envelope back to them with or without a comment. They have to pay the postage.

Jim

Comment from Rachael
Posted: April 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Just got the vouchers in the mail today….Thank You for all the info. I’m glad I didn’t actually do any of this. Thanks again

Comment from Ed
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Come on people, did you really expect to get a 500 dollar item for a hundred dollars? We just got our first shipment (cookware) and at 90 dollars it was worth the 90, if not a little more. They offer layaway which allows us to own a hundred dollar set of stainless steel cookware as opposed to buying chep (and potentionally dangerous) pots and pans at the dollar store…one at a time. If you want top of the line…go to Macy’s. If your on a very tight budget and need something, go to SCH. Stop trying to spin straw into gold. SCH is not ripping you off, granted they use some questionable tactics, but nowadays everybody (including the government) is using a little spin to sell what they are pitching. At least with SCH you actually get your moneys worth. Stop trying to “save” those of us that need an alternative to walmart.

Comment from admin
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

What part of the original post did you not understand, Ed?

The crap they were selling in the mailing that I received was outdated, and way over-priced. That’s a fact.

If you don’t care to be “saved,” you are welcome to move on and not bother coming back to this site again, but don’t waste your time telling me or anyone else commenting here to stop trying to do anything.

By the way, comparing how SCH does business to how the government does business is surely not a compliment for SCH!

Shouldn’t you be standing in a line somewhere waiting for some “Obama Money” or something?

Comment from lashell
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

kinda confused-reading alot of mixed reviews. how can a person get off the mailing list?

Comment from Ed
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Dear admin…seems kind of ironic that you that you think I should be be standing in line to get something for nothing. I never have and never will expect to get what I pay for. if I want a 1500 dollar computer, I would pay 1500 dollars for it. If I could live with a 400 dollar computer instead, I’d do it. I think you should take a look into your own habits and stop trying to tell us how to live. Seems to me you are more onboard to the Obama agenda than I am. At least I am willing to work for what I get. (And BTW, I am bookmarking this site just to enlighten you)

Comment from admin
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I don’t know what exactly it is you’re smoking there, Ed, but if you think I’m seeking “enlightenment” from the likes of you, I suggest you load up the bong and take another hit.

By the way, don’t you think it’s a tad absurd to suggest that I am telling people how to live? You must be one terribly confused and conflicted individual since just surfing around the net must make you feel like the whole world is telling you what to do. And I won’t even get into television! All those commercials telling you what to do! How do you stand it?

On board with the “Obama agenda?” If you knew how far-off-the-mark that was, you’d be very surprised.

It was your excuse for SCH that they are behaving akin to the government with regard to advertising that gave me the impression that you’re a big government kind of guy. If that’s not the case, then we’re on the same page where that’s concerned.

Comment from Ed
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Appaerently you failed reading comprehension in school. You only read enough of the words to get po’d, and don’t even come close to what I am trying to say. Go ahead…feel free to give a full transalation of what I said for those “smokers” that you seem to feel I am. (and btw, if you think I am smoking something, there is a certain activity you should avoid as for the past ten years I have been responsible for ensuring the safety, I’ll let you guess what it is)

Comment from admin
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Oooh, let me guess. You’re a big bad cop! Am I supposed to be impressed? Intimidated? Guess again!

Sorry to disappoint you Ed, but unless your a Fed, I don’t think your authority extends beyond your state line. Just for the record, no, I don’t happen to smoke anything either and drink maybe 2-3 times a year.

My reading comprehension is just fine. It’s your writing that is lacking, my friend.

I’ve already grown tired of your foolishness, and I know as a big bad law enforcement officer, you aren’t used to being pushed around, but guess what? It’s time for you to go.

Wherever it is you happen to be a law enforcement officer (or whatever), I feel for the people in your jurisdiction.

Bye, bye Ed!

Comment from Ron Hartwig
Posted: April 15, 2010 at 11:56 am

Your site is (so far) the end results of my searching information about the Sweepstakes Clearinghouse. At first I wasn’t going to add my 2 cents worth, but after reading some of these comments I find that I just have to. It’s one thing to slam a company for being scam artists and crooks, I do it myself and feel it well deserved. But I don’t spread misinformation, or lies, in doing it. The only thing that I have found that a person has the right to complain about is the fact that (allegedly) they bill you for shipping and handling. I’ve read every word on the material they sent me, there is no mention of my having to pay delivery costs… So if they do that a person has a good complaint – and you can take them to Court, and would probably win. As for the rest, I am in receipt of their mailing saying that have been given a consolation prize for not having won in their $10,000,000.00 Sweepstakes Clearance giveaway, as I never entered any contest of theirs I was a bit curious about it – to say the least. Well, it never says that they were giving away 10 million to any one person, so maybe the prizes all together equalled 10 million. I received the vouchers, 6 of them, for $400 off each item. Was it worth it?? For the most part I’d have to say yes, if I go by just the price that is left for me to pay. The only thing that would really stop me from getting anything is the shipping and handling requirement, I wouldn’t pay it.

Comment from Ron Hartwig
Posted: April 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

WHOA!!! You “Moderate” comments from people – do you “moderate” yours??

Comment from admin
Posted: April 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Yes, Ron, I moderate comments. I’m guessing you do not comment on too many sites, since most do moderate. You cannot imagine the flood of comment spam that would hit this site if I did not moderate comments. That safeguard is quite typical among website operators.

What other people comment about here represent their opinions. If you read my original post “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse Sends Latest Deceptive Mailing,” you will see exactly what I am saying.

The fact of the matter is that Sweepstakes Clearinghouse, when they sent that original mailing to my house, were offering obsolete products at inflated prices.

In addition, their clever design of the envelope to make it appear more “official” than it actually is, and the “To the order of” showing through the address window are, in my opinion, deceptive practices. Are the new? Nope. Are they used by other companies? Yep, I’ve seen them before.

I thought I made that all pretty clear in the original post but for some reason, some people want to seem to make more of it than it actually is. Again, as for the comments made by others, well, that’s their opinions. Personally, I never referred to them as “scam artists” or “crooks.”

My purpose with this site is to help make people aware of various offers or other solicitations from companies that I feel warrant full investigation before doing business with. That’s it. I’m just trying to give consumers a little more information than they otherwise might have.

As for “moderating” my own comments. I think that’s a bit of a silly question, and I’m not sure how one would even moderate one’s own comments.

You can make your own judgment and report back here as to any “moderation” you feel that was done to your comments. Hint: There was none.

Comment from admin
Posted: April 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I’ve had a change of heart, and decided to allow Ed to come back here and provide more of his story. I’m not a big fan of censorship, so in that spirit, come on back if you care to, Ed.

But before you make any additional comments here, let’s review the facts. You know, like “Joe Friday” used to do. As someone who is hinting that he’s in law enforcement, this should be right up your alley!

Your first comment said, and I quote: “Stop trying to “save” those of us that need an alternative to walmart.”

As the original writer of the article, I felt that was directed at me. Was I mistaken?

If it was, in fact, directed at me, you should know that I don’t take kindly to people coming to my site and telling me to “stop” anything. As I alluded to earlier, you may be accustomed to pushing people around, but that sure isn’t going to be happening here.

Let’s start over. Clean slate. How’s that?

If I didn’t even “come close” to what you were trying to say, feel free to let everyone know exactly what it is you are saying.

Keep one thing in mind, though. Keep it civil. Name calling and insults will just result in you being banished from this site again.

Comment from Linnette I.
Posted: April 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Hi everyone!

I got one of these offers yesterday. I get them every other month, sometimes twice a month with to different names on them.

Comment from Luis G
Posted: April 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

THANK GOD I checked this out,I just go mines yesterday and was excited to buy some offers. But I kind of had some thoughts about this, you see I almost fall for the detective shoppers scam and was relief now that I see this is also a scam!!!1

Comment from Ron Hartwig
Posted: April 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Well then I apologize, it’s just that the use of the term “the latest dirt bags” I reserve for crooks or scam artists – and not just companies trying to make a living.

Comment from admin
Posted: April 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm

No apology needed. You are entitled to use whatever term you want for whomever you want, as am I.

I think this dead horse has been beaten sufficiently for the time being.

Comment from ann
Posted: May 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

it is not a scam it tells you exactely what it is and tell you the specs on the computers and merchandise they don’t make you buy anything it up to you

Comment from admin
Posted: May 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Just for the record: I (writer of the original post) never once used the word “scam.”

I, of course, cannot speak for others who have left their own comments here.

Comment from margaret
Posted: May 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I HAVE ORDERED A STEREO FROM SCH AND I HAVE STILL GOT IT, ITS STILL WORKING AND ITS BEEN 10 YEARS,I DO WANT TO TELL YOU IF THERE ARE THINGS PUT ON LAYAWAY AND YOU CANT PAY THEM OFF,THEY DO KEEP YOUR MONEY…………

Comment from Judy
Posted: June 4, 2010 at 12:49 am

wow,i have my voucher and am considering the Windows XP Dell Desktop w.intel multimedia
proccesor w/17 in HD lcd monitor.. this is a first time for me and am cking this out and
after all these comments i will be seeking a few more opinions..
Just like everything else, you must check it out…but this has been helpful to me..thk u.

Comment from edelma
Posted: June 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

wwwoooowwwww, man i was intrested on the laptop but it sounded 2 good 2 be true… and hell i was suprised by all the information you provided THANKS

Comment from deanna doublin
Posted: June 24, 2010 at 11:45 pm

why don’t ya’ll company have a phone number?

Comment from Jay
Posted: July 1, 2010 at 3:18 am

Most of the ‘offers’ SCH sends are worthless…being over priced, outdated, off brand, etc. Once in awhile, they offer something worth having. I recently ordered a JVC brand VCR/CD Player/DVD Player/DVD Recorder. I am in the market for a VCR/DVD player. Most name brands-JVC, Sony, etc-I’ve found cost between $70.00 and $500.00, depending on what features they have. A DVD player alone, or a VCR alone, can be had for between $40.00 and $70.00. There are not many JVC VCR/DVD players around here that also record DVDs.

I have many old VHS tapes full of favorite movies / Tv shows I wish to preserve. VHS tapes are not as widely available as they used to be. The local Best Buy does not stock them at all, now. So, I am finding it harder to make newer copies of old shows, and each copy is a lower quality one when I can do it. Being able to record from tape onto DVD would be good for me. The 4 in 1 JVC unit I ordered from SCH cost $189.95 after the ‘voucher discount’. Local stores do not carry similar DVD recorder units for less. This unit is new enough to have HDMI connection. It also comes with a DVD set with hours of film classics. They are probably old things-like The Thin Man mysteries, early Alfred Hitchcock stuff, and the like, which many folks would not enjoy. I, however, like such old films, and have many of them. For me, this unit is worth the price, as I can get nothing comparable, or better, for the same, or less.

Granted, I don’t need the XP computers, or video cameras, etc, SCH offers most often. Every once in awhile, they do come up with something I can use. I get offers from SCH every other week, but only buy something from them once every two years on average. I know enough about hi tech items to know which are totally obsolete, and which still have some use left in them, and what prices would be fair, or unfair, for them. Generally, I avoid most of what SCH offers…but every so often I do spot a bargain. SCH does deliver what it promises. It uses rather deceptive advertising, and takes advantage of most people’s ignorance, but that is not illegal. The local grocer does worse when it ‘accidently’ puts high cost items on shelves above low cost price tags for different sized/brand items…hoping you will glance at the price, pick up the item, and pay the higher price without noticing.

Then, too, your local jeweler does worse by selling “Cape Ruby” which is Garnet rather than Ruby, and “Water Sapphire” which is Iolite rather than Sapphire (Corundum). If you don’t know enough, or don’t read the ads closely enough, you can be disappointed by what you get for your money from SCH…but this is the land of ‘Buyer Beware’. If you know enough, and look closely, you will not be misled into expecting more than you are buying. One of the recent SCH mailings had a 3MP digital camera, with minimal features…for a price which could get me a more fully featured 10MP camera elsewhere. I didn’t buy it. My 90 year old neighbor who only takes hand held snapshops of her flower garden, and who does not know how to use advanced features, and is intimidated by the many buttons, wheels, etc, on most digital cameras, decided that it suited her just fine. She has money to waste, so she bought it, and is happy with it’s performance as a simple ‘point & shoot’ snapshooter. SCH does not offer “nothing”. It offers “useful, but not as valuable as may be expected” somethings.

BTW, I bought a Toshiba laptop computer at a local Best Buy store awhile ago…for $499.99. A week after the non-extended warranty expired, so did the CPU. Buying from more traditional sources than SCH is no guarantee of satisfaction, or quality.

The Dell Desktop computer SCH offered a month ago was an xp mchine with only 512K of Ram. It had a $679.95 price, and a $400.00 ‘voucher discount’…meaning it cost $279.95. For thaat price I could get a 1GB Ram computer elsewhere….twice the computing power. The software which would accompany the SCH computer was not stuff I would be using, so it was not worth it to me.

You need to know what you are looking at, and how it would fit your needs, when shopping anywhere. Most SCH stuff is not worth what they ask for it…but there are the occasional exceptions to that rule.

Comment from admin
Posted: July 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

Nice summary.

Thanks, Jay.

Comment from Jay
Posted: July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I’m glad you appreciate it, and that I can help. Thanks.

Comment from Bonnie
Posted: July 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I want to thank these people for writing these comments on Sweepstakes Clearinghouse. I almost became one to be scammed by Sweepstakes. I noticed there were no phone number on the so call winning letter. Thanks you all for saving my life from these people. I also noticed that the desktop computer was old as the hills. At least 10 years old.

Comment from Alexis
Posted: July 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Thanks so much for the info! I thought those products seemed out-dated but I was really eyeing the camcorder – I had been thinking about getting one. But paying $90 for one through the mail and hoping I actually receive it seemed pointless when I could get one for nearly that much in the store and walk out with it. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I feel better about throwing away this junk mail and not worrying that I’ve missed out on a great deal.

Comment from Jay
Posted: July 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

SCH is a clearing house. They sell things which have not sold in other stores, online, etc. Many of their items are older designs, and far surpassed by newer models. When it comes to highly specialized electronic items-such as computers-the SCH items are usually so old, and under-powered as to be not worth the prices they are asking. Other, less tech sensitive items-cookware, etc-are worth considering. SCH also offers a lay-away option, so you can spread the cost over time. I felt safe ordering a set of stainless steel cookware, and a set of dinnerware, and have had no problems, or complaints. Let the buyer beware. Look closely at the ads, know what they are offering, consider whether similar, or better, items are easily available elsewhere for less, and buy only what seems like a good bargain. SCH is not crooked, but they won’t protect you from your own ignorance, either. If you pay 100GB hard disk, Windows 7, prices for a 10GB hard disk, Windows XP, equipped computer that is your fault. Some people-who only use computers for email, recipe file keeping, and other light, non graphics/RAM intensive tasks-can be well served by an older XP machine with little memory…if it does not cost too much. Only they can decide what price suits them. Some things I would buy from SCH, and other things I would not buy from SCH. Even those things I would not buy from them-now, at the prices they ask-I may buy from them if their prices came down. I do a lot of comparison shopping, know what I am buying, know what prices & features are common elsewhere, and can well judge which SCH offerings are worthwhile bargains, and which are not. I do not buy on impulse…from SCH, or anyone else. SCH has been good to me…because I have been good to myself.

Comment from Ali
Posted: August 2, 2010 at 1:19 am

I just mailed out aa check for $10 on July 19, 2010. I sent an e-mail tonight to find out what happened with it. If anyone can give me advice, it would be most appreciated. My e-mail address is: CoolPuppy86@aol.com

Ali

P.S. I sent in the vouchers with (1) $10 check. I didn’t think it was a scam. Boy do I feel stupid!!!!!!

Comment from Sterling
Posted: August 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

Hey Admin. I’m back and I’m on my new iPhone 4 this time. I just wanted to let you know that things are still going well with SCH. I just received my digital safe and my four wireless security camera. Like I’ve stated before I’m not here to promote I’m just sharing my experience. But to any future buyers out there just choose your products wisely because like Admin says some products are outdated… Oh yeah and the tv and stereo is still working fine…. Sterling…. Florida

Comment from anastacia
Posted: September 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

At first i was thinking about it , but there was something telling me that something was not right, specially the desktop it just looks so old. although the cookware set looks pretty nice but what i was thinking has been answered this sweepstakes clearinghouse is a scam.

Comment from Cheryl
Posted: September 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Thanks for all the comments. I thought maybe to good to be true.

Comment from Jackie
Posted: October 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I have purchased many items throughout the years with SCH and have been happy with all. In fact, I purchased an RCA big screen which took a few years to pay on the payment plan and when I recieved the tv it was not the original one I started out paying for but a newer updated version which is still working great. Their payment plan works for me since I cannot afford to buy these larger items all at once and there is no interest just a $1 fee for billing monthly and of course delivery charge which is common. I love this company and am still buying from them.

Comment from Nancy
Posted: November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I feel sorry for anyone that gets suckered by this lame company. They should be reported to the USPS Postal Inspectors for trying to scam my family into buying this worthless junk!

Comment from Pete Junior
Posted: November 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Thanks for all the advice i was about to buy the cookware set…People dont have money to throw away to scams like this, id like to know the person or people getting money basically robbing hard working people….F**K O*F!

Comment from Norma from Kansas
Posted: November 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I have bought stuff from SCH for the past 10 years. I have bought the bed set(which my sister is know using), a Dell Laptop(going on its 3rd year… no problem), two leather chairs with ottoman (still in good condition), cookware, dinnerware….I have never had a problem with SCH and when you receive your coupons( if you use their lay-a-way; they would always have a phone number and also I would check their website and see my account history. But with everything now a days….just be a smart shopper. BTW Peter Junior, please grow up…there is no need for profanity.

Comment from Michael
Posted: December 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I recently received the vouchers and actually ordered the camcorder and stereo and put them on layaway. i have heard nothing back from this place. I truly hope this is not a scam especially right here at christmas.

Comment from natasha b.
Posted: December 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm

i also got a letter saying i was the winner of a consolation prize and got 6 vouchers so i started looking it up thinking it was a scam because the day before i did receive a scam letter saying i won 2 million. but i found their website no problems what so ever got a phone number and actually talked to someone. she was very helpful not pushy at all answered all my questions about the vouchers. she stated that all the products would be shipped after the last payment was received and processed or should i say safely secured from your checking account. phone number is 12149157100

Comment from Ed
Posted: January 4, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Hey, I just wanted to send my own feedback from my own experience. Unfortunately, my mom, being not so computer savvy, ordered from these sleezebags. The year is 2011 now, the beginning of the year. For over $400.00, they sold us a Windows XP laptop with half a gigabyte of RAM, and 40 GB of memory. The better part is that the Activation Code for the product did not work, so there would be no way to use the laptop without restoring the laptop to the original settings every 30 days. It wasn’t even new. Additionally, I was smart-mouthed by the technical support worker, who also hassled me when I asked for our money back- until I said the magic words, “faulty operating system” after proving my point not even twice, but three times. So I just figured that I would post letting everyone know that from firsthand experience, they’re still around as of 2010-2011, and they’re still up to no good.

Comment from rick hopkins
Posted: February 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

this place sucks

Comment from Chad C.
Posted: February 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I just had to spend the last hour explaining to my elderly father how these vouchers aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. SCH preys on the elderly, the uninformed, the unfamiliar and under-educated. It is unfortunate that those of you who praise what you have overpaid for are oblivious to how you have been deceived and scammed. Granted, you may be happy with what you have but I wonder what color the sky is in your world. Talk to someone trustworthy and knowledgeable before you place your next order. Remember, buyer beware.

Comment from Ken
Posted: February 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I Have paid off on a pot and pan set. I still haven’t received them. Does anyone know how to contact them. Even their email didn’t work.

Comment from Deborah A.Griffin
Posted: February 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

I already typed a comment to say that it is criminal to send vouchers of $400.00 to the elderly who are on a fixed income and often ill as I am in order to con people out of their money. I live on very few dollars due to disability and I have been extremely ill. Why is it that so many of these offers come from Texas? Almost every sweepstakes offer I have ever received has always come from Texas!!! I have contacted the FBI and the local postal investigator.

Comment from kelli
Posted: February 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

phone is 214-915-7390.
I bought the refurbished desktop for my children ordered it last Monday and got this Monday..seems to be working fine and has Windows XP on it also.

Comment from james t bakersr
Posted: February 28, 2011 at 1:29 am

I did not get my RCA surround sound 5 CD stereo system with dock for IPOD& A dell desktop with $500+ software package.I did not get it.ps/I send u a Email on 2-27-2011 ACUP-110227103008.time was 10:30am/ I want it now.

Comment from james t bakersr
Posted: February 28, 2011 at 1:38 am

I want my stuff please let me know if iam going to get it.OK thank you very much for time.good-day

Comment from admin
Posted: February 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

Listen up people!

This site is in NO WAY connected to Sweepstakes Clearinghouse whatsoever.

This is simply one person’s blog where I share my opinions regarding various consumer-related topics and anything else I feel like putting here.

In this particular case, it is my opinion that Sweepstakes Clearinghouse sucks. That may be obvious depending on the reader.

If you want to get in touch with Sweepstakes Clearinghouse to bitch, moan, complain, demand, curse them out or lavish praise on them, you need to contact them directly.

I believe someone posted a phone number here. Check through the comments and you’ll probably find some useful information on how to contact them.

Comment from lisa doesburg
Posted: March 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I just got my computer, and after reading some conflicting comments about the quality of the merchandise, I have to admit I’m a little disapointed that I might not be getting a quality pc. For one thing, it’s not a Dell. I don’t know that much about computers, and I’m not sure if Duracom is a Dell product (I will check into it, though), but if it’s not, I’m sending the product BACK and demanding what I paid for and what they promised me. the RCA stereo that I got sounds good, looks ok, but it’s not what I would have chosen if I shopped for my own. Now I’m waiting for the Laptop. Hmmm. I wonder…

Comment from Ashley Dreisow
Posted: March 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I got my vouchers in the mail today! and at first i thought i won something great……and then was very hesitant on it because i had never heard of sweepstakes clearinghouse…..Thank you for posting this! I have warned my friends and threw these away!

Comment from mark
Posted: March 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Don’t buy please people,They need they azz kick.

Comment from ariana
Posted: March 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Hey there Admin, cant thank you enough for this helpful site that I came across, for pointing out thous small details that SC forgot to mention. I much rather pay a little over $200 dollars for a better and updated product than paying a little over $100 and getting stuck with something that I can buy in a yard sale for $35. Thanks again!

Comment from Scott
Posted: March 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm

LOL,,,The comments in this forum are a laugh. So none of you could figure out for yourself that the sweepstakes advertisement is an offer to purchase items at a lesser price than name brand? Are all of you that ignorant? I’ve purchased items from this company and I have not been ripped off because I knew what I was buying in the first place. I recently purchased a nice 13 piece aluminum 5-ply with a Cruisinart food processor for $89.95. I shopped around and the next highest priced aluminum 3-ply was for $400.00 by Calaphon. A friend of mine who is a chef told me that my set will last a good five years if I take care of it and and because I cannot afford the higher priced cookware this will do just fine. The “small details” are written out clearly.

If you folks cannot figure out a simple ad and its terms, it is no wonder this country is in the financial mess that it is in. Do any of you read your purchase contracts when buying a home?

Comment from Scott
Posted: April 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

UPDATE: I wrote 31 March 2011. Today I received my Freedom Gourmet Cookware and Cuisinart Food Processor and the cookware set is very, very nice. It came packaged well, no scratches or dents and the cookware looks very nice and well made. The food processor alone is worth half of the cost of this package. Having shopped around for more expensive cookware, I am very please so far with what I purchased. If taken care of well this set will last me at least five years until I buy a more expensive cookware set.

Comment from Kyla – Canton, MS
Posted: April 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Sweepstakes clearing house is not a scam. I ordered the Utralite 5pcs suitcase. It may not be name brand but it is very nice and durable. The same quality you would get from Walmart. And they do have phone number. (214)-915-7100. I had two layways one for suitcase and one for the 42″ LCD TV. I cancelled the LCD TV. When I called customer service to cancel the LCD TV(I had paid $40 on it). I owed $20 on the suitcases. What we did was pay off the suitcases and she refunded the rest of my money. This site is definitely REAL. Fake sites don’t send refunds.

Comment from KT
Posted: April 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I got those checks today, didn’t really look at the items much, but wanted to check out others opinions first. I checked out BBB, and it has an F rating from A+ thru F. UMM…not so good huh? That definitely gives me my answer of…NOOOOOT HAPPENING CLEARING HOUSE!

Comment from Marnie- NY
Posted: April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

I have purchased 1 Dell desk top, one IBM thinkpad, Toshiba VHS, DVD player and a Kitchen set, digital camera and printer from these people. The computers are furbished but mine I’ve had No problems with for the 3 yrs. now…. I do recommend this company highly and don’t understand why people who haven’t given them a chance are talking bad about them….In fact it is one of the only companies I found that give you the option of Lay-Away…… If your deciding to order, order something small and decide for yourself!

Comment from mama
Posted: April 20, 2011 at 9:56 am

My husband received the vouchers in the main and I am contemplating buying the stuff, but after reading all the comments I am skeptical. I will have to research more, but thanks for the feedback

Comment from Lindsey
Posted: May 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

OK, i really dont know how i recieved this letter with the vouchers in it.. but how do i get them to get my name off of the mailing list? This is the first time that i have gotten one of these… so.. thanks..

Comment from Charles Green
Posted: May 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I received the 6 $400 vouchers and I also received a mailing of a company I did business with that offer discounted items. The Dell computer was only $179 with more memory and a larger harddrive and was listed as refurbished. I even had the same Dell computer that I found in the trash and used for spare parts. The harddrive in that computer was a 300GB which I used in another computer. That drive as been working for 5 years now. I suggest not getting anything from this company as it is old and used up.

Comment from Rey
Posted: May 15, 2011 at 1:29 am

I bought one of their 5 pc luggage sets on the payment plan back in 1997. It took me a little over a year to pay it. By the time I finished paying it, I was on active duty with the Army. During one of my phone calls home, my mom told me a large package had arrived for me from Sweepstakes Clearing House. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I went home on leave and opened the package and found a nice, high quality 5 piece luggage set. I brought it back to Fort Bragg, NC with me and used it there. I still have the whole set and it has held up well.
As some of the other posters have noted, just know what it is you are looking for and comparison shop. Although I was a little hesitant at first, I went ahead and turned in the vouchers and ordered the luggage set because it looked and sounded to be a good set in comparison to the other sets I had seen at places like Walmart. I do not regret buying it. And this company fully honored the payment plan even though it took me over a year to pay for the set. Also, please note that you will not receive your products until you have fully paid off on the payment plan. Luckily for me, I had some older bags and an Army duffel bag to use until the new luggage set arrived from SCH after I had fully paid them.
I have not bought any electronic devices from them. But I may do so in the future if I see something of value compared to what is available through other sources.
Anyway, good luck shopping everyone. And remember, we are truly blessed to be living in the United States where we can afford to even debate the luxuries of being able to shop. There are many people in the world who wished they had it this good.
Just something to think about while you are shopping. Thanks.

Comment from Tahnya
Posted: June 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

No phone number! Im not sending my money! Lol

Comment from Gary
Posted: June 16, 2011 at 12:10 am

I figured for 89.90 I would take a chance on the digital camera.
Got it in the mail within a week.
It turned out to be an Omni-2 hi-def 16 MP 8x zoom.
Don’t know anything about cameras and never heard of this one but it takes good pictures and video so I am happy.

Comment from Gary
Posted: June 16, 2011 at 12:15 am

Just got another voucher for an Omni-2 including this and that and is a webcam.
$27.39
I’m gonna try it.

Comment from Gary
Posted: June 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

HEY!
I also don’t work for these people.
I’m 69 years old, Retired and just might be a sucker.
But what the heck. You live and learn.
I will get back to y’all about this new one.

Comment from admin
Posted: June 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

Well, you must me one of the lucky ones!

Our dear friends at Sweepstakes Clearinghouse have earned themselves an “F” rating with the BBB (http://www.bbb.org/dallas/business-reviews/product-sales-general/sweepstakes-clearinghouse-in-dallas-tx-3191) and there are plenty of other sites out there with a lot of complaints about this outfit. It’s not hard to find them.

My opinion of Sweepstakes Clearinghouse has not changed since I originally posted about it, despite the few “happy customers” who drop in here from time to time.

Comment from kitt
Posted: June 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Okay I just received another one of theses so called sweepstakes again. The old saying goes if it sounds to good to be true then is ain’t. Or if it walks like a duck quakes like a duck you all know the rest………….
I am no sucker for these sweepstakes that come in the mail.

Comment from sharon johnson
Posted: June 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

Hi,

I received the vouchers and I am ordering the cookware. I will post the results upon arrival. (?)

GOD bless have a great day!

Comment from sharon johnson
Posted: June 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hi Again,

Wow!
I just posted June 30,2011, and I have mixed emotions because I just wanted to give sch a chance. I tried to go online to research some things and they are nowhere to be found!
I guess you can imaginemy refeif, but disappointment in this. Relief because I lost nothing, but disappointment because I wanted to believe in sch. Now I will try the phone number just for confirmation. I will post with the results…who know, maybe that will be in an hour! lol

GOD bless, ad have a great day!

Comment from Teresa P
Posted: July 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

So glad to see the post on here warning people like myself against falling for scams! It is so easy to be taken in when the scammers makes everything look and sound wonderful. With the economy like it is, everyone is looking for good deals, but I don’t have the extra money to get burned! Thanks again!!!

Comment from Kelly
Posted: July 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Hi ordered the pots and pans and love them, I also ordered the laptop, not opened/used yet but ran it by my office I.T person (40billion dollar company) and she said it was a good deal, worth the $$$. I am returning the camcorder, unopened as I saw one elsewhere cheaper but all in all I do not feel it is a scam. I called to return the camcorder and the rep was very clear on how to return and the refund procedure…no stress here.

Comment from Joyce Lanier
Posted: August 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

After reading & reading what everyone is/was going through, “This company needs to stop mailing this grap!” Why try to sell off brand items to make them look brand new? This company needs to get there act together with the quickiness!

Comment from Britany
Posted: August 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

So yeah…..here is a link to ABC news saying it is a scam too! So glad I checked on the internet before submitting or believing this stuff fully!!!!

Comment from Britany
Posted: August 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

This is the link…if it didn’t show above.
http://www.wtvq.com/news/dont-fall-for-it/4290-beware-of-consolation-prize-offer

Comment from admin
Posted: August 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for that link Britany.

Looks like more evidence stacked on the side of those of us who think this thing stinks.

Surprise, surprise!

Comment from Lydia
Posted: October 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I just got scammed in a Mystery Shopper scam and my bank account got closed for the next 5 years I am not able to open any bank account for depositing a fake check … So I just recieved my S.C. voucher and I signed the one phone the Dell desktop I figured it’s a good Xmas gift for my 8yr old son who’s learning to use a computer but then I realize there was no number to call and ask question and instantly I remembered what happened last summer with the Mystery shopper scam .. So I googled and found this .. Thank you cause I’m a single mom who can not afford to keep losing money… Thanks alot for the info

Comment from Mrscbury
Posted: November 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!! I was about to pay the $169.95 for the stereo system TODAY. Was about to look up a phone number in case there was a problem and fell into this site. I thank God I was a lil skeptical… I also, wondered what a DVC brand was…

Comment from genegirl
Posted: November 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

This site was very helpful to me I received those checks too!!! I go the store and purchase what I want.

Comment from Kirk S.
Posted: December 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

DUDE THANKS SO MUCH! YOU REALLY ARE DOING A SERVICE! LET’S BRING THESE CLOWNS DOWN!

Comment from Suzanna
Posted: December 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I just received this piece of s*** letter in the mail today and I have never had them send me anything and never have i signed up too receive anything. So i look through the catalog see the brand of cookware that I am very familiar with and was like HECK YEAH so because I’ve never dealt with these people before i did my research and thankfully came across this website. These people need to be put out of business and prosecuted for being scam artist and taking people’s money. They could also very well be identity thieves. Whats wrong with the judicial system today????

Comment from donemeright
Posted: December 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Sorry I had a different experience with them a very long time ago…. I put the RCA Stereo Sytem on layaway about 12 years ago, I sent in all of my payments and they sent me the Stereo, I had no problem out of it, it has a cassette player on it, CD player and Radio with 2 tall speakers, it came with a wooden stand (black) with glass on the front. My stereo still works, I got rid of the stand and the tall speakers of course and use the stereo part in my den……It still works…Of course that was a long time ago and to be honest with all the mail scammers in the world today, among others, I cannot honestly say I would try it today, especially after reading the stories on here. I do agree that I would not order the laptop or desktop because they are outdated with very little ram on it… Never checked if they had a address or contact phone number…thank god for internet……

Comment from wyldawg
Posted: January 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I have purchased things from this company before and had no problems with any of my items I didn’t use there layaway service so I can’t say anything about that but the none electronic items I’ve ordered haven’t had any defects. Im not trying to say they don’t try to make it seem like a hell of a deal but as the original post said the stuff is worth about what you pay for it. So I don’t think this company is as bad as some of the mail scams out there.

Comment from Dorothy
Posted: March 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

And this scam goes on…received vouchers March 2012. Looks like these people know all the tricks to stay in business. Gotta Love IT!

Comment from Yvonne
Posted: March 27, 2012 at 8:32 am

Please know that it is NOT “Publishers Clearing House” that you are dealing with. :roll

You ARE dealing with “Sweepstakes Clearinghouse” :eek

They buy up all the left over prizes put up for auction by all types of sweepstakes that are null and void.
A lot of the left over prizes have been sitting around in warehouses or just plane old rented storage units.

Some of the items may even be from bankrupted companies sales, over-production flawed designs, miss-prints of logos and so on….

Comment from Lisa
Posted: April 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I sit with an Elderly Gentleman, he got one of the 3 way reclining chairs. The massage part works GREAT, the part that reclines it up an down, doesnt work. Hmmm This bites…

Comment from Sharon
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thanks for letting me know this company is a fraud, although I know, if it looks to good to be true, it probably is.

Comment from keene
Posted: April 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I recieved those vouchers and i sent a 10.00 down payment for the cook wear.I hope their getting off frauding people out of their hard earned money. too bad i don’t know who they are,i would go kick their ass!!!!!

Comment from linda white
Posted: June 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

the thing I have found is that they send U the check for ur discount and than send the Item COD for the shipping that isn’t evenmentioned in the paperwork. also where are my Items U got my money and I havn’t received two of the Items whats up with that I have no way of contacting them.

Comment from deneen
Posted: July 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I received dat same packet&sent back three of their checks,but not one that I wrote,now dat I read this I know its fake,how is this looking for me

Comment from Nena
Posted: July 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

Sweepstakes Clearinghouse phone # 1-214-915-7100. I received the same bullshit vouchers. Exam the letters and vouchers and noticed there was no phone #s on anything. So I did my research on internet abt this scam. Looking @ y’all comments save myself some money. Thank y’all!

Comment from Michelle
Posted: December 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thank you so much for this article! I just got these vouchers just today and I found this page by Googling if it’s worth sending these in because I was thinking about it. But I looked at the computer offer and the software and that’s when I noticed how crappy it looks. Thank goodness I found this!

Comment from Terry Burgess
Posted: July 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

ABOUT 7 Years ago,I bought a COUNTERTOP DISHWASHER FROM THESE PEOPLE and the darned thing started leaking around the front,bottom door and I called to find out what brand it was and they said they have no info on it,that they no longer carry it:( model#WP5F.

Comment from Jack
Posted: July 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

How do people like these live with themselves,when their only purpose is to cheat people,esp. the elderly,like me out of what little money we have

Comment from kim vandelin
Posted: July 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Does anyone have the phone number I fell for this and lost about 300 bucks!!

Comment from Christopher
Posted: October 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thank you to author of this article and all of the other commentors. The “vouchers” looked like a great deal, but considering I was thinking about purchasing items worth a total of $800+, I thought I better see what others had to say. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Comment from Bob
Posted: January 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Some of the stuff I have ordered from PCH has been CRAP.I was suspicious about the32 pc “deal” on Cuisinart cookware. The giveaway is that I cannot find any of their cookware with Round handles. I am spooked and will NOT BITE!

Comment from EC
Posted: May 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

In receipt of the same promotion and did my due diligence to verify the products, which landed me here.

It’s 2014 and these scammers are STILL at it? How is it that they’ve never been taken DOWN?

Comment from Marcia
Posted: November 10, 2014 at 9:37 am

consumer BEWARE is my frame of mind. It is 2014! and all is NOT usually as it appears so yes I looked into it before I thought to consider sending for anything from them and THEY ARE JUST SCAMMING PEOPLE you can find a TON of people who they have scammed for MANY years! Everyone who has been scammed or almost scammed needs to take the time to add there comments maybe then by “word of mouth” these LOW LIFE lack of morals and principals type pathetic people can be stopped. How sad that all they have to offer the world is cheap rip offs and to be part of our society that chooses to stick it to there fellow man. God Bless!

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