Missouri-based company may be using contest for scam

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

(KMOV.com) - A company based in Missouri may be legally scamming people out of their hard-earned money.

Frank Wesling said his sister was swamped with letters for contests promising big winnings. According to the letters, the contest required only a small entry fee to qualify for the jackpot.

Wesling says the letters use slick wording that could trick anyone. Wesling's sister has Alzheimer's Disease and did not remember that she had already sent in the money.

"After she sent money into them, I'm aware of at least 10 or 15 times, she gets deluged with the same material," Wesling said.

The company sending the letters is Opportunities Unlimited Publications, a Kansas City-based business.

The Better Business Bureau has given the company a C- rating, and says they use misleading language to trick people into believing that paying an entry fee gives them a better shot of winning.

The company can get away with charging entry fees because a puzzle on the form legally makes it a contest, and not a sweepstakes.

"It may be legal, but it certainly isn't moral," Wesling said.

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