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[Other] Contest Winners Alert: Pls Post Your Contest Wins Here

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kirahstraathof wrote:
Feb 26th, 2018 1:36 am
I won the sweepstakes for a contest. Can I be sure that anything I entered through this site is not a scam as it asks for my sin number...
What’s the site?

They don’t need your SIN for anything. The most I’ve been asked for is picture ID to verify identity.
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I've never been asked for my SIN or a credit card # to claim any of my 50+ winnings.

All my contests have been from Canadian brands, so can't speak for a US-based contest. Good luck!
2018 2 wins/$7,100 2017 8 wins/$9,088 2016 - 16 win/$8,960 2015 - 20 wins/$6,333 2014 - 19 wins/$1,187 2013 - 22 wins/$1,664, 2012 - 21 wins/$10,259, 2011 - 1 win/$5,000
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I won a US contest and only needed picture ID. What’s the website? Sounds sketchy. Do you remember entering the contest?
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Won a secondary prize of 2 tickets to see Our Lady Peace & Matt Good in Hamilton from this Dose.ca contest

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/2018-02 ... m-2169391/

Thanks onomeister for the great share
Wins
2018 - $3250 to date
2017 - $15,275 (2 trips) 2016 - $18,645 (2 trips) 2015 - $9,250 (1 trip) 2014 - $8,200 (1 trip) 2013 - $36,145 (1 car & 2 trips) 2012 - $8600 (2 trips)
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Feb 25, 2018
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Apparently I won the Diamond Resorts International gear up to stay vacationed.

https://www.diamondresorts.com/sweepstakes

It all looks so legit. Its a US contest but open to Canadians. I am Canadian so maybe thats why they need the Sin for tax purposes but everyone I have asked (including lawyers from work) say that they should not ask for Sin. Also found the date wrong on the affidavit so I'm really sketched out!
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I say, if you're not comfortable with it, and I'm sure no one really would be/is, don't give them your sin. Email or call them, let them know you're from Canada, and that contests here never require a sin number.

If you did win, I'm guessing that someone cancelled, unless I'm incorrect in posting the right contest, as it ended some time ago. This is the only post I found of the contest mentioned. The link above sends to a newer contest.

http://sweetiessweeps.com/2017/05/diamo ... takes.html

P.S: I've had forms before with wrong titles, so wrong date isn't that big of an issue. If they don't back off the sin number, I'd say something is up.
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kirahstraathof wrote:
Feb 26th, 2018 9:13 pm
Apparently I won the Diamond Resorts International gear up to stay vacationed.

https://www.diamondresorts.com/sweepstakes

It all looks so legit. Its a US contest but open to Canadians. I am Canadian so maybe thats why they need the Sin for tax purposes but everyone I have asked (including lawyers from work) say that they should not ask for Sin. Also found the date wrong on the affidavit so I'm really sketched out!

Timeshare company
https://www.diamondresorts.com/shop.aspx

I would be very wary of providing them with this very personal information.
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kirahstraathof wrote:
Feb 26th, 2018 1:36 am
I won the sweepstakes for a contest. Can I be sure that anything I entered through this site is not a scam as it asks for my sin number...
I m not sure, but I think its illegal to ask for a SIN number. Only the Federal government can't request it... I think
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https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-soc ... otect.html

When you don’t have to provide your SIN
Some private-sector organizations may ask for your SIN. This practice is strongly discouraged, but it is not illegal.

Here are examples of when you don’t have to give your SIN:

proving your identity (except for specific government programs)
completing a job application before you get the job
completing an application to rent a property
negotiating a lease with a landlord
completing a credit card application
cashing a cheque
completing some banking transactions (mortgage, line of credit, loan)
completing a medical questionnaire
renting a car
subscribing to long-distance or cellular telephone services
writing a will
applying to a university or college
kirahstraathof wrote:
Feb 26th, 2018 9:13 pm
Apparently I won the Diamond Resorts International gear up to stay vacationed.

https://www.diamondresorts.com/sweepstakes

It all looks so legit. Its a US contest but open to Canadians. I am Canadian so maybe thats why they need the Sin for tax purposes but everyone I have asked (including lawyers from work) say that they should not ask for Sin. Also found the date wrong on the affidavit so I'm really sketched out!
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kirahstraathof wrote:
Feb 26th, 2018 9:13 pm
Apparently I won the Diamond Resorts International gear up to stay vacationed.

https://www.diamondresorts.com/sweepstakes

It all looks so legit. Its a US contest but open to Canadians. I am Canadian so maybe thats why they need the Sin for tax purposes but everyone I have asked (including lawyers from work) say that they should not ask for Sin. Also found the date wrong on the affidavit so I'm really sketched out!
I wouldn't provide them a SIN, it is not illegal for them to ask, but you can decline, and they can't demand it. A lot of lawsuits against them in the past, and I believe there is currently a $1 Billion class action standing against them from Spain, and a few smaller ones. Very sketchy business practices.

Remember this is a time share, you will have to sit through hours of presentations. I fell for them in Vegas with the promise of cheap show tickets. Was belittled and berated when I flat out said I did not want to buy.

Do your Google homework on them.
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@kirahstraathof My daughter won an American sweepstakes with a large prize of a trip attached a couple of years back through Hot Topic. It was open to Canada and the USA so they had the same prize form for both countries. If a US citizen had won, they would have had to have provided their SIN, it is a general rule for sweepstakes in the USA for prizes over a certain amount. However there is a waiver you can provide to them stating you are not a USA citizen and it overrides this rule. Contact the person administering the prize and tell them you are Canadian and do not have a US SIN number. I am sure they will give you a waiver form.
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kirahstraathof wrote:
Feb 26th, 2018 9:13 pm
Apparently I won the Diamond Resorts International gear up to stay vacationed.

https://www.diamondresorts.com/sweepstakes

It all looks so legit. Its a US contest but open to Canadians. I am Canadian so maybe thats why they need the Sin for tax purposes but everyone I have asked (including lawyers from work) say that they should not ask for Sin. Also found the date wrong on the affidavit so I'm really sketched out!
I would never give my personal info like a SIN to a timeshare company, sketchy as hell. I don’t even enter these ones, to be honest. Years ago, I “won” something similar from a timeshare company, I was excited until they started asking for my credit card info. :rolleyes:

If you really want to go for it, I’d prob just mention to them that prizes are tax free in Canada so providing a SIN isn’t necessary.
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Go forth, and SIN no more.

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