Important Advisory: There‘s No Sweepstakes with a Check from Rackspace as the Prize. It’s a Scam.

Filed in by Bryan Urioste | May 8, 2009 3:53 pm

So, it’s come to our attention that there’s a sweepstakes scam out there involving a fraudulent check from Rackspace. We repeat – this is a scam. Ignore it. Don’t call the claims agent. Don’t try to cash the forged check. This is not a legitimate sweepstakes and Rackspace has no involvement in it, whatsoever.

This is how it unfolds. People are receiving a forged check supposedly from Rackspace and are told they have won a prize through a sweepstakes entry. All they have to do is contact a claims agent and pay taxes upfront on their winnings to claim their prize. Those that pay the taxes never see their prize because their prize never existed.

The fact that scammers are using the Rackspace name to take advantage of people is regrettable and upsetting. We just hope that no one has fallen prey to them.

If you’ve been affected by this scam please contact the Federal Trade Commission. You can reach them in a couple of ways:

– Visit their website: ftc.gov
– Call them toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261

If you received a notification through the mail, you can report the scam to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by phone, toll-free, at 1-888-877-7644 or by email at www.uspsoig.gov.

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