Great American pet Photo Contest / Scam Contest
I received an email about a contest called the "Great American Pet Photo Contest". The winner would win $1000.00. I then attached a picture of my pet bird taking a spray bath while upside down and sent it in. The next day I received an email from the contest committee, telling me that my picture was selected by the committee as one of the top pictures from hundreds of thousands of applicants and that they would like to put his picture in a book, but that I had to reserve my copy of the book. I followed the link only to find that to reserve a copy of the book would cost $69.95 and that they also wanted an additional $10.00 from me to write a short description of the picture I had sent. I emailed them and told them that they should not be asking me to pay money for a book but that I should be receiving the book for free since it was my pet, and that it was ridiculous for them to ask me to pay more money for a brief description of the picture. I then said that they should be paying ME to use the picture of my pet and not the other way around. The next day I got three emails telling me to forward the email to as many friends as I could so that they could vote for my bird. I unsubscribed from the site, but still am receiving emails from them to forward the emails to my friends so they can vote for my bird.
I noticed that the address to the "Great American Pet Photo Contest" was listed as 24 W. Railroad Avenue, Tenafly, NJ. So I went onto "GoogleEarth" and did a satelitte search to see what and where this business was located. The satellite takes a picture of the building, road, etc. Needless-to-say, 24 W. Railroad Avenue in Tenafly, NJ is a parking lot.
I then wrote another response email to this scam company and told them in my email that if they use my picture of my bird for any reason; advertising, publishing, etc., that I would sue them to the fullest extent of the law!