It all starts with an email purportedly from Dick’s Sporting Goods. “You’ve been chosen!” There’s the promise of a free YETI backpack cooler.
Notice how the email came from a random email address that is most certainly not @dickssportinggoods.com.
Surveys aren’t all that uncommon, but this smells wrong from the start.
The landing page uses Dick’s Sporting Goods logos and colors.
On a desktop device, the URL makes it clear this is not a Dick’s Sporting Goods page. The URL is usually hidden on mobile devices, which is how they fool people.
There’s a sense of urgency. Hurry, it “expires today.”
The “comments” section is full of convincing testimonials. It’s all fake.
“I’m pretty shocked at the choices given when you reach the end of that really short survey.”
“I decided to take the survey and claim the YETI Hopper M20 Cooler to try and help a friend who I knew really wanted it for his birthday.”
All of this language is expertly crafted to get you to keep moving forward.
The survey questions read as if it’s actually a retail customs satisfaction survey.
Once you’re done, there’s more urgency. Don’t close the page, or they’ll give your reward to someone else. Hurry, there’s only 2 left in stock.
All you’ve got to do is pay for shipping.
Phew, it’s reserved for you. Just give them your address and “pay shipping cost.”
“Due to great media attention, this queue closes in..” There’s a 5-minute timer intended to increase the sense of urgency.
But wait, you’ll “receive an additional 25% off your entry when paying with Mastercard.”
Is this for shipping, or are you paying an “entry” fee?
I previously wrote about fake YETI store scams, and a few people chimed in about this new survey scam.
I just got an offer allegedly from Dicks Sporting Goods that if I completed a brief survey that I would receive a Yeti backpack cooler for free. I only had to pay the shipping cost. However, when I got to the shipping and billing page, they do not list the shipping cost before you place your order. That’s a major red flag, and I advise caution to anyone receiving a similar offer.
That’s a good point. What if shipping fees are $5,000?
My Yeti prize was ?19.73 When I asked customer service to pay by check they refused and referred to terms and conditions. When I read the terms I discovered I would automatically be charged $56.95 monthly for additional surveys. While there are promotional events this is a total SCAM
So the charge is for… monthly surveys? Maybe that’s where the “entry” language comes from.
Don’t fall for this. You didn’t win or earn a free YETI cooler. All you’ll get out of this is a headache as you try to clear charges from your credit card.
In this particular instance, I received a fake email where a scammer impersonates Dick’s Sporting Goods and offers a free YETI product.
There are other similar scams featuring home improvement retails, such as Ace Hardware and Home Depot, and cordless power tool brands such as Dewalt, Milwaukee, and Makita.
E-mail said I had won Makita power drill from Ace hardware . Just pay shipping & handling. I did so with my debit card. Week later my bank paid out $39.48 to Convenience Technology (TEL# 8883043348 UT) So I called them. They told me I had purchased a possible chance to win some day . I said Oh no! They said they will cancel my subscription & bill me no more plus I get 20% refund. Joy. Just others beware ! Yes I reported this to ftc.gov
I wrote about this previously – New Email Scams Promise Free Makita and Milwaukee Tools.
These are all fake scams looking to rip you off.
Here are 3 signs of a prize scam, from the FTC:
- You have to pay to get your prize.
- They say paying increases your odds of winning.
- You have to give your financial information.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be careful.