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The Sweepstakes Audit Bureau / Fraud

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THE SWEEPSTAKES AUDIT BUREAU of Dallas, TX. sent me a letter requesting five dollars to enter a sweepstakes. This is suspicious because I have never heard of this company.

I do not believe I will have a chance to win $12 million dollars by entering this sweepstakes, and I would like to see this company prosecuted for sending fraud mail through the US mail service. This is the second letter of this nature I have received from this company this month.

I would be helpful to know how to report such rip-offs to the authorities. This bogus company needs to be shut down and should not be allowed to use the US mail to deliver their scams to the public.

Please, somebody go to this post office box and find out why these people are trying to rip us off.

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  • An
      15th of Jul, 2008
    +2 Votes

    I just received the same thing in the mail today. Funny thing though, I thought it was somehow some sort of auditing letter, like a sub-division of the IRS, only I knew it wasn't because it didn't have any source name, just a PO Box. That's what tipped me off first. Second, it was un unrecognizable name. I say, if it sounds phony, it probably is. Plus, no legitimate sweepstakes requires you to send in money. These nut jobs are truly sad and pathetic if this is how they earn their money. I'm sure there's somewhere on the web we can file a complaint. Though, it would be nice if it wasn't so hard to find.

  • Ca
      15th of Nov, 2017
    0 Votes

    @Annie Wood I just received that letter yesterday, November 14, 2017. They just don't quit, year after year they are still at it.

  • Ha
      1st of May, 2018
    0 Votes

    @Annie Wood You can make an official complaint with your State's A.G. Also with the Texas A.G. if any office received enough complaints they would be required to investigate it. That's how Missouri got Walgreens to repay all over charged products.

  • Tr
      19th of May, 2018
    0 Votes

    @Carol Shriver I got the same thing. May 18, 2018. There still at it. Last time I got a letter like this I sent it back telling them to take the 5.00 out if my winning other then that don't waste my time.
    Tracey McGillivary. From California

  • 09
      29th of Jun, 2018
    0 Votes

    @Annie Wood I just got a letter today here in Cali... I do alot of research on fraud. And one thing i learn on the signs of " a winning" is if they ask for a fee of any kind... Which mine di. As well. Whats funny is; on the back of the form- the small print reads; "No purchase is required for to be considered as a winner status" but yet, they ask for a purchase of $5.00 fee for process and data fee... Im gonna take this letter to the post office and voice my concerns. Perhaps; you all can do the same where ever you are. Our voices needs to reach media/news some how...

    God Bless!!!
    Corrina Williams

  • Dy
      8th of Aug, 2018
    +1 Votes

    @Annie Wood Dyian T. I just received the same letter today on 8/18/18 and I live in California. And also decided to check them out and was shocked to see that this is also a scam and it is really sad to see that some have sent money to them. After reading all the complaints, I agree that something need to be done and shut them down asap.

  • Hb
      21st of Aug, 2018
    +1 Votes

    @Hawk Huston I just received a letter from the Sweepstakes Audit Bureau stating I needed to send $5.00 for processing for information on winnings in excess of $12, 000, 000.00 +. The P.O. Box was 549012 Dallas, TX 75354-9012.

  • Su
      18th of Dec, 2018
    0 Votes

    @Carol Shriver Someone should stop these people...5.00 X 1, 000, 000 people at 1.00 is still 4, 000, 000.00 - They should have to pay it out!...and it is not a sweepstakes if there is a is gambling and it is illegal.

  • Su
      18th of Dec, 2018
    0 Votes

    @hbgirl Yep, it is the same address that I just received today 12/18/18.

  • Ma
      30th of Apr, 2009
    Best Best Advice +8 Votes

    Being the address or P O Box are being mailed from Dallas, Texas I'm going to try to contact the Authorities and the Better Business Bureau from the area of Dallas Texas to see if they can't put a stop to this Scam which is trying to extort money from people with this sort of ROTTEN SCAM . Surely there must be some Bank Acct. that they use to cash in the
    checks from some of those poor misguided people that are led to believe it to be a for real sweepstakes ! I just received this supposedly sweepstakes audit in the mail today 4-30-2009, for direct contact my e-mail is

  • An
      14th of Feb, 2017
    -1 Votes

    @Mary Ann Wendt YEA!!! I got one too!!! 2/13/17!!!

  • Ch
      11th of Sep, 2017
    0 Votes

    @Mary Ann Wendt I just got one 09/09/17 for 12, 000, 000.00 so there are still going strong.

  • Mi
      6th of May, 2009
    +1 Votes

    the company is still preying on the gullible and the eternal optimist. spread the word to friends and neighbors. see the report at:

    The solicitation, which requests that consumers return a "claim form" along with $5, offers to sell a report that lists national sweepstakes operated by other, third-party, companies and the prizes to be awarded in those sweepstakes. The offer is not clear and conspicuous.
    As of August 29, 2008, Emerson Publishing agreed to discontinue some advertisements, but refused to fully cooperate with the BBB by modifying all of its advertisements to adhere to the BBB Code of Advertising.

  • Pa
      27th of May, 2009
    -2 Votes

    I, too, have received numerous letters from this and other Foundations, Distrubuting places, Marketing establishments, etc. They ALL profess that you need not pay anything and then you receive a letter (finally after NUMEROUS ones from them) claiming you have won huge amounts of money. All you need do is send a processing fee of from $5 up to $29 (is what my correspondences claim).
    How inhumane can this be? I am an individual who has hrs. to a doctorate degree and can't work because I've been deemed disabled. I recive SSI. That in itself says a lot. I don't believe our country would not consider the less fortunate (yet highly blessed as I), poorer persons who would be taken for these types of fraudulent activities. It is so mean, inconsiderate and should be outlawed. If the government fined such establishments of persons to whom this is applicable, they (gov't) could build resouces on this alone to pay off some debts.
    This is a hard, careless, cruel world wherein such activity can be permitted to continue affecting millions of lower class, poor people. It not only destorts one's inner-being, but it is just pure LOW-DOWN!

  • Al
      5th of Jan, 2018
    +1 Votes

    @Paula Barrino Can you report it to your State Attorney General to report fraud

  • Cy
      29th of Jun, 2009
    0 Votes

    yes i have receive mail containing to the money and i do agree something has to be done about it.Times are hard and all they can think about is scanning money from people.I hope they get these people and lock them up and return people money.

  • Su
      10th of Jul, 2009
    +1 Votes

    About 3 months ago I fell for this and sent the 5 dollars. About a week later, I got another one asking for 19 dollars. I feel that people in general are responsible for their own choices. However, this scam is rather cruel to offer such a "chance" at much needed wealth. The fraudulent hope is just NOT right. This company and or person should be ashamed of themselves and punishment by law should be enforced.

  • Ju
      2nd of Sep, 2009
    +1 Votes

    I want to thank you for this site. I just received the letter from the Sweepstakes Audit Bureau asking for the $5 processing fee for eligibility to win $12, 000, 000.00. At first I thought maybe it was from Publishers Clearing House!! But they don't ask for any " processing fee!"... I thought: "I'm going to Google this first". sure enough...all your great warnings proved my instincts were right! Thanks for the info!!

  • Ca
      15th of Nov, 2017
    0 Votes

    @Judy Harrison Absolutely. We just have to remember to ignore those prize awarding sites that request money for processing fees.

  • Fa
      4th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    I just recieved a letter today.
    Thanks for the warning-scam artists.

  • Ro
      17th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    Yes, I live in Indiana and I got one. Thought it sounded fishy and voila ! it is.

  • Fr
      18th of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    If it comes in e-mail, hit the delete. If you send anything by USPS contact your Post Office and file a mail fraud charge. Always keep all information. There is no processing fee involved in "honest" sweepstakes. Never send money to enter a sweepstakes. Remember, "if it seems too good to be true, it usually is". The same thing with these e-mail inheritance and Sweepstakes scams. An inheritance should cost you nothing to collect, any fees will be documented and paid by you after receipt of the funds and it has cleared the bank.
    Inheritances are never handled by e-mail. The IRS does not notify you of money sent or owed by e-mail. The internet is the biggest medium for easy rip-offs. And when dealing in products, know the people you are dealing with, "Let the Buyer Beware".
    Lastly; If you receive an e-mail that says there are problems with a bank or credit account (or PayPal, e-bay or whatever.) Delete the e-mail and do not use their click-link. Contact your company by phone or through your own provided internet URL. In most e-mail cases you can forward the whole e-mail to the company with the e-mail address that you always use from your address book. I hope this helps someone. There is no such thing as "get rich quick".

  • Do
      2nd of Oct, 2009
    0 Votes

    I want to know do the people that work in the Sweepstakes Clearinghouse; which is Sweepstakes Audit Bureau that is, do they got the $5 fee and that claim form to processed it? If it does, they said it should be arrived in 3 days but it didn't arrive in 3 days, it arrives more; especially greater than 3 days. It expires on September 30, 2009. So, it should be arrived in the middle of October 2009. My question to the Sweepstakes Clearinghouse, why is they didn't sent me the money?

  • Ra
      26th of Apr, 2010
    0 Votes


  • Pa
      12th of May, 2010
    -1 Votes

    0This Company sure has lots of money HUH??
    I got the same letter. Someone has to step up and get this off of peoples mailing list.
    Why can't something be done about this letter.
    Are we all that stupid? NO! we are not. Let us use this letter to get these peoples or persons.

    I'm going to try to contact the Authorities and the Better Business Bureau from the area of Dallas Texas to see if they can't put a stop to this Scam which is trying to extort money from people with this sort of ROTTEN SCAM .
    is there anyone who would like to try and help me out here???

    e-mail me at

  • Ma
      29th of May, 2010
    +1 Votes

    I to have receved a letter from Sweepstakes Audit Bureau. I thought the $5 dollar fee reasonable, but thought I would see what I counl find. I'm glade that I found this site. I certanly will not send in my entry. Thanks to all who wrote about the Audit Bureau. Good job!!!

  • Rh
      12th of Jun, 2010
    0 Votes

    Thank you for all your letters/complaints. I, too have received this letter! Well, this company will not received my $5.00. This scam should be stopped! Take care everyone!

  • Ti
      15th of Jun, 2010
    0 Votes

    Check being mailed to house wanting 5$ for a fee

  • Ce
      3rd of Jul, 2010
    +1 Votes

    Well, I keep getting these letters that I have won millions!! The catch is, that you must send money in order to "register". Don't fall for it. it's a scam...If you have entered a sweepstakes and thwy tell you you have won, but you must send a certain sum...don't do it. it is illegal and the whole thing is a scam to get your $5.00 or even $ 659.!! Report this to USPostal service, if it came in the mail and if it's a phone call, report to US Fraud Dept. Be aware, be wise, be careful. Cecilia enright, Daly City CAlifornia

  • Le
      22nd of Nov, 2017
    0 Votes

    @Cecilia Enright I myself just recieved a letter like all of you what [censor] of them to rip people off like that

  • Pa
      2nd of Aug, 2010
    0 Votes

    i have got this letter and my daughter send money and then i look it up and it was a rip off i got 20 letters but we should put a end to it

  • Ti
      10th of Aug, 2010
    0 Votes
    The Sweepstakes Audit Bureau - sweepstakes prize entry form
    Emerson Publishing, Incorporated
    p.o. box 549012
    United States

    this is my second letter in a month on winning a sweepstakes. they want me to send them 5.00$. i have been scammed back in 2006, and would like to have something done about these people. thank you tina hefner.

  • Ju
      29th of May, 2018
    0 Votes

    @tina hefner I received a similar one with SWEEPSTAKES PRIZE ENTRY CENTER P.O. BOX 549012 DALLSA TX 75354-9012 on the letter head address but an additional line PRIZE ELIGIBILITY PROCESSING on the returned envelope without postage. There is a DOCUMENT NUMBER and VOID AFTER 06/02/18 date in the letter! Signed by an AWARDS DIRECTOR "RIch Brady". Besides the $5 RESEARCH AND DATA PROCESSING FEE of $5, there are three payment options plus a signature requirement line a CLAIM FORM, Registered Notice Confirmation (for use by individuals requesting entry information pertaining to cash and prizes from US sweepstakes) to be completed and return in envelope provided... No Emerson Publishing, Incorporated title head anywhere in the content of the letter but a scan (bar code) of some sort on the portion to be return with the $5 fee. So whom ever who is using this post office box must be a billionaire by now since apparently this has been going on for at least 12 years? You posted a scam in 2006 and I am getting one in 2018 and the post office box has NOT be closed down!!!

  • Wa
      16th of Aug, 2010
    +1 Votes

    These [censor]---- are playing a very dangerous game and nothing would please me more than to wake up one morning and read that some outraged victim of their heartless scam has put a bullet right through the heads of these worthless piece of sh__.

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