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Nov 12, 2008
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Readers Digest Canada Sweepstakes Scam?

I just got an email today with the subject: 'Immediate Action Required From: XXXXX XX'‏ from Reader's Digest Canada (

The body of the email:
XXXXX XX you may want to give this matter your full attention. This message was sent to you at XXXX@XXXXXXX.COM to ensure you have enough time to act. The Prize award process is on schedule and ready to start.
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Nov 14, 2004
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It's legit but your odds of winning are not great.

It's just like the 649 tonight. How many people are going to buy a ticket, probably between 5 to 10 million people across Canada will. And how many people will win? 1-5 winning tickets. It's just odds.

It's just a way to get you to read their info about their books or magazines. And hopefully you will sign up to receive them. It's just like PCH same thing. It's a price of doing business. You can get a entry into the main sweeps without buying anything. But you almost always have to buy the extra book to be entered into the bonus draw for a new car or extra cash. If you enter this contest you will have better odds then the 649. But the odds are winning are still pretty high.

And I get 2 or 3 direct snail mail from them each year.

But I know one person here has won I think $20,000 from RD.

Just remember that is one person on this board and how many people are here.
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Aug 19, 2005
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I got this by snail mail about 3 days ago, they are prompting me to fill this booklet with stickers and claim I have already "won" $71,000. How could I have won if I am not subcribed to them nor do I have ever entered a contest :rolleyes:
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ya simo8, I received it as well in email form a few times now,last time i started to go thru the process and it wanted me to buy in the end but i never did .Figures if I am getting them they gotta be a hoax.Just removed my addy from their addy book.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I will remove myself as well :p
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My husband NEVER buys the product they are trying to sell. He has been filling out those forms (now he gets the e-mails) for at least as long as we have been married (10 years, though it was doing it long before we got married). When I see the e-mails in our inbox, I delete them. If he catches them he sends them in.
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Oct 22, 2006
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just got a letter saying i am in the remaining "2% to win 500k". My question is how can Reader's Digest afford to make these stupid contests that don't actually attract subscribers to its periodical mags, in fact looking at their annual report for 2008, they've been losing money the last 5 years, with 2008 at 500k net loss (coincidence?).

Im betting the grand prize is won every 2-3 years instead of every year just to attract interest while keeping their coffers from being emptied.

the smaller prizes are probably the only legit prizes.
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Does anyone actually read this drivel?
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abu_sme wrote:
Jul 17th, 2009 2:33 am
I thought he lived in Alberta. Did he post somewhere that he won?
Yes, he lives in Alberta now, but is a Sask. native. And yes, he did in fact post that it was him.
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