Questions And Answers On Homes And Gardens Sweepstakes

Chris asks…

sweepstakes,is that fraud?

this sweepstakes is sponsored exclusively by NME.the better homes and gardens logo is a registered trademarks of meredith corporation) this is what i recived in a letter asking to me register to enter a contest and maybe i will win 2,100,000 if my ID IS CHOOSEN in a random drawing

Home Gardener answers:

You should throw away without reading any piece of mail that starts with the word CONGRATULATIONS!

Sweepstakes use this word all the time – to deceive people.

Marie asks…

Strike it rich?

I got a letter from better homes and gardens about a strike it rich sweepstakes, is this legit or is it a scam?

Home Gardener answers:

Usually contests or raffles are just that. It’s really hard to win becauese they more people that play, the less your chances of winning or being picked. But also the more people play the bigger the prize. It’s just like the lotto. How do you think it got to 260 million already?

Sometimes it’s also rigged so you never know. They can do what they want, it’s their contest.

So I wouldn’t put too much hope into it. If they are asking for money, use caution.

Davina asks…

do you think this is a scam?

I got a letter from “better homes and gardens” that said i was entered into some sweepstakes. so i called the # on there, and they said they were gonna send me 2 free diamond watches and a few magazines and if i didnt like them i could cancel my subscription and still keep the watches. they were gonna charge me $1. something/week. only the watches and an electronic organizer were free. they didnt ask for my credit card # but they did ask for the expiration date. thats when i decided to tell them id rather not subscribe to anything. but then he said they might send me the free stuff anyway, just for calling in. they had my name, address, and phone #. what do you think?

Home Gardener answers:

It’s probably legit, but I still think you did the absolutely right thing.
Once these subscription guys get their hooks into you, it’s really hard to get back out. My policy is that if I want a magazine, or a CD, or a DVD movie, I can go to the store, & get what I want, & come out ahead in the long run.
They undoubtedly got your name & address from your CC company minus the expiration date. I would contact the CC company, & tell them that you don’t want them to distribute your personal information ever again, to anybody.
If their not the ones who gave out your personal info, then it’s possible it got out via the internet. You may have filled out something on a webite somewhere. Possibly making a purchase & the guys administrating the website sold your personal info.
Some programmes on your computer, such as Explorer 7 have an “Auto Fill” feature, that fills in all of your personal info on webites, & sometimes it’s possible it can go out without your knowlege, or more info can go out than you intended.
You mighty want to turn off that feature if you have it.

Mandy asks…

Is this a scheme?

I got a letter from Better Homes and Gardens it from N.M.E 16120 U.S. 19 NORTH CLEARWATER FL, 33764 It say Dear Keld we are trying to reach you regarding your 2,100,000,00 sweepstakes my id number and it got the expiration date on it 11/9. My mom say throw it away because they might take your bank account your money in the bank. She say if you didn t own or buy nothing don t bother.

Home Gardener answers:

Of course it’s a scam
DO NOT give them any money or your bank account number

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Home Gardener answers:

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“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Let’s put it this way, if you did win the lottery, you would not get an email stating so. Here’s a good Rule of Thumb: Don’t believe ANYTHING you receive or read in an unsolicited email no matter how truthful it sounds. There are more scammers and thieves out there than you want to believe.

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Dumb jokes from Maine. Hope you like them. I did. :) ?

Computer Terms for Aroostook County (Northern Maine)

1. Log on – Make the wood stove hotter

2. Log off – Don’t add no more wood

3. Monitor – Keep an eye on that wood stove

4. Download – Getting the firewood off the truck

5. Floppy disk – What you get from downloading too much firewood

6. Ram – The thing that splits the firewood

7. Hard Drive – Getting home in the winter

8. Prompt – What the US mail ain’t in the winter

9. Window – What to shut when its cold outside

10. Screen – What to shut in black fly season

11. Byte – What the black flies do

12. Bit – What the black flies did

13. Mega Byte – What the BIG black flies do during trout season

14. Chip – Munchies for TV

15. Micro Chip – What’s left in the bag after you eat chips

16. Modem – What you did to the weeds growing in the driveway

17. Dot matrix – Old Dan Matrix’s wife

18. Lap top – Where the beer spills when you nod off

19. Software – The dumb plastic knives and forks at McDonalds

20. Hardware – Real stainless steel cutlery

21. Mouse – What makes the holes in the Cheerio box

22. Main frame – What holds the house up, hopefully

23. Enter – The only way to win those magazine sweepstakes

24. Web – What a spider makes

25. Web site – High corners of the ceiling

26. Cursor – Someone who swears

27. Search Engine – What you do when the car dies

28. Screen Saver – repair kit for the torn window screen on the camp

29. Home Page – map you keep in your back pocket in case you get lost in the woods

30. Upgrade – Steep hill

31. Server – waitress

32. Mail Server – male waitress. Darn few in Maine

33. MS DOS – Some new disease they discovered

34. Sound Card – One of them technological birthday cards that plays music when you open it

35 User – The neighbor who keeps borrowing your stuff

6. Browser – A problem moose in the Garden or Blueberry patch

37. Network – Mending holes in the gillnet

38. Internet – Complicated fish net repair

39. Netscape – What haddock do when you don’t do your network

40. Online – good sign there’ll be clean clothes this week

41. Off line – the clothes pins let go and the laundry falls on the ground – better luck next week

Buying Houses

I have a friend in Maine who lives out in the country in a house he and his wife built. One day he was talking to his nephew and the following conversation ensued.

“Uncle, do people buy houses?”


“How do they get them home?”

Dumb Maine Laws

After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up.
You may not step out of a plane in flight.
Shotguns are required to be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.

To stroll down the street playing a violin is against the law.

Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street.

Home Gardener answers:

That is halarious, i got off my chair and started laughing so hard i wet myself i thought jumping will get the feeling of using the b-room will go out of the way, and i sprained my ankle so bad, girl i am limping on one leg, AND SCREAMING THE WORDS WHICH IM TYPING RIGHT NOW, that is funny i need to write this down hahahahahaHAHA

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