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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2007
    Northen New Mexico
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    Scam or not

    I have a friend who's girl friend posts comic skits on a web site called funny money, any way he asks me to vote for her, which I did, next thing I know is that I get a letter from them telling me I won $500 for voting for the winning punch line. How would you go about checking on these guys to find out if they really legit. Here's a copy of the letter I received.


    Congratulations! You won the Funny For Money $500 Grand Prize for Voting for the Punchline of the Week!

    Here is what you need to send us to get your $500 prize:

    Ø Your phone number.

    Ø Your email address that is linked to your PayPal account. No PayPal account? It's free to set up and only takes a few minutes at https://www.paypal.com/.

    Ø You are now going to be included in our Past Winners page- we’ll need a picture of yourself, and your Facebook and Twitter handles.

    Ø Since you have won $500, for tax purposes, I will need you to fill out the attached W9 form. You can either scan the filled out form and email it back, or fax it to 630-839-2330. I also need a copy of your Social Security card (for verification purposes only). We will have your $500 in your PayPal account within one week after receiving the above copies.

    Thanks for playing, and remember to tell all your friends about our site with your personal sponsor link so you can have more chances to win the grand prizes on Funny For Money! Also be sure to show all your friends your inclusion in this week’s “ Funny For Money News “.

    Now go enjoy laughing your way to the bank!

    Best,

    Missy Voigtsberger
    Prize Coordinator
    Funny for Money Enterprises, LLC
    Twitter: @funny_for_money
    www.funnyformoney.com
    winner@funnyformoney.com
    FAX 1.630.839.2330

    I've won $$ before on internet gambling sites and I have never been ask for a SS number,I have had to send in a copy of my driver licness, and a copy of a utility bill for ID purposes but never a SSo I'm wondering how do check up on these kind of things,I've written them back asking for a phone number and an address
    Thanks for whatever light we can shed on these guys

    Heres the reply

    I do understand your hesitation. Here is a link to our terms and conditions on the site that has our home office address at the bottom under ‘contact us’.



    http://funnyformoney.com/Home/TermsAndConditions



    Funny For Money has to abide by the IRS rules that state we must report to them any prize winnings over $600 that we pay out. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/articl...243429,00.html



    We do this by having you fill out their form W9 and verifying that your SS number is accurate for tax purposes. If we could meet with you face to face, we would only need to see your SS card to verify the number. Since that is not possible, we have provided you with a secure fax line to send us a copy of it along with your W9. If you would prefer to mail your information to our Home Office address, you may certainly choose that as an option also. We ask for the W9 form at the $500 prize mark to ensure that we have your information on file for the IRS if you win again in any of the three categories.


    If you would like to speak with me by phone, you can reach me at 630-629-1940. I’ll be available today until 7pm Eastern time or tomorrow after 9am Eastern time.



    Best regards,



    Missy Voigtsberger

    Prize Coordinator

    Funny for Money Enterprises, LLC

    Twitter: @funny_for_money

    www.funnyformoney.com

    winner@funnyformoney.com

    FAX 1.630.839.2330

    Any Ideas on how to go about checking this out with 500 bucks I could prolly pick up a pretty nice detector, but would hate to have to deal with ID theft
    Thanks in advance
    Marty
    I took the road less traveled------------------- and now I'm lost
    The secret to a long life ....................... make sure the sailor at the helm can't swim

  2. #2
    us
    Jul 2009
    Whiting, NJ
    Ace 250
    10,503
    1043 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Scam or not

    Sounds like a scam to me, and I've run millions of them on people

    They don't have to report spending under $600, but they could just send you a 1099 and you file it.

  3. #3
    us
    Oct 2007
    Summit County, CO
    White's DFX, White's Classic 1 Coinmaster, Nokta Pointer
    7,544
    6658 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Scam or not

    Stay away from that.
    Just like Texas in 1880.

  4. #4
    us
    Jul 2009
    Whiting, NJ
    Ace 250
    10,503
    1043 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Scam or not

    Quote Originally Posted by RGINN
    Stay away from that.
    I wouldn't go that far RGINN, it may be my cousin running that and we can use the money

  5. #5

    Dec 2003
    Western Schuylkill County
    MINELAB EXPLORER SE PRO ....... Garrett Pro Pointer…… Sovereign XS-2 Pro
    66,714
    31109 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: Scam or not

    SCAM

    Give them your P.O. box# & say send the check.
    You'll take care of the reporting Yourself

  6. #6
    us
    Nov 2010
    North Carolina
    BH LoneStar AT PRO
    2,057
    145 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Scam or not

    SS
    no way

    run

  7. #7
    us
    Nov 2010
    North Carolina
    BH LoneStar AT PRO
    2,057
    145 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Scam or not

    run for the hills!

    or

    or have your friend submit with his info. split money. You would be $250 richer if real, and if it goes bust and they hijack the identity and go insane with private info and put the person in the hole with credit messed up etc. --it won't be you!




  8. #8
    us
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    Mar 2008
    32°46′58″N 96°48′14″W
    My other detector is a helicopter
    1,556
    16 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Scam or not

    Looked it up, it's a legit site, new to the scene since june 2011.

    Now complaints registered yet.

    Use the official online website to shoot them an email to verify as a safety concern.

    It's a Illinois company and thats were the phone and fax numbers go.

    When you voted you registered on the site so maybe you read the TOS ?

    Good luck
    If you find me upside down, Roll me over.

    "I dream of a world where chickens can cross roads       
          without having their motives questioned..."

 

 

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