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Sweepstakes winners are NOT required to pay any money before receiving their prize. If you have been called or have been mailed notification that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and need to send money before receiving your prize you are most likely being scammed.

Over the past few years, NSC has advised consumers not to fall prey to these frauds. Unfortunately, these individuals are now using our name and logo in order to appear legitimate.  These sweepstakes are NOT legitimate and are in no way associated with NSC.

If you have been notified that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and are asked for money please contact your State Attorney General, or you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

For more information, please click here or call 800-894-5461.

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Minors Entering Your Promotion? Compliance is Key.

Jan 08, 2016
Promotion Tips

Dollarphotoclub_73790080_Minors2_630.jpgHappy New Year!


It's the time of year to refresh and plan - and, we know lots of our clients will be coming up with some awesome promotional ideas!  If yours will be marketed to minors, you'll want to brush up on the specific requirements that may impact your concept. 


You may remember a post we wrote a couple of months ago regarding COPPA and how it will affect the structure of your sweepstakes, contest or game if opening it up to those under 13 years of age.  Although COPPA rules when it comes to online promotions, there are a lot of other things to consider when marketing your promotion to minors.  Here are a few things we think you should know:

  • Health Related Information.  Although most sweepstakes and contests are run in accordance with general promotional law, there are always certain states that enforce some pretty specific rules.  When it comes to minors, there are certain states that prohibit the collection of health related information (in addition to general personally identifiable information).  For reference, "health related information" may be a child's particular food allergy or medical condition.  We'll walk you through the demographic information you can collect and the best ways to obtain the information you are looking for in a safe and legal way.
  • Contractual Agreements & Intellectual Property.  We have a lot of clients who run contests geared towards minors and some of them involve essays or other intellectual property submissions that might get posted online.  Remember, that in many states, a person under 18 cannot legally be bound to a contract (such as a release of rights to the intellectual property), so you'll want to get parental consent.  Although getting parental consent might seem like another daunting step to add to the submission process, we'll guide you in the best way to structure entry so that you gather what you need, while staying compliant.

 

  • Social Media Participation.  You may not know this, but most social networks don't allow kids under the age of 13 to participate in sweepstakes on their sites.  We'll review all social network guidelines with you and help resolve any structural issues while writing the official rules.

It's important to consult with the experts before hitting the "launch" button.As always, we're only a phone call away (800-894-5461) - We'll make sure you're promotion is buttoned up and ready to go!

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