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September 17, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Garrett has noticed that a number of receipts he receives from stores include a sweepstakes offer. He could win a prize or some cash by filling out a survey or jumping through some other corporate hoop. He wants to know: Are these things legit? Pretty much, as long as they're from a well-known retailer. A number of top merchants, including Walgreen and Wal-Mart, have used receipt sweepstakes as a way to reach out and touch customers. The retailers say they do award prizes to people, although your chances of winning may run about one in a million.
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January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
"Sunrise at the Oasis," an idyllic desert vision of beasts roaming among cascading waterfalls, palm trees and tropical flowers, won the Sweepstakes award at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. Large colorful animals, including elephants, a camel, peacocks and a tiger, were created by a team from Dole Foods using a variety of flowers and ornamentals, including crushed beans, moss, spices and even dried cranberries. Late last night, thousands of fresh roses and other flowers were added as a final touch. The float's beauty and design was cited in awarding the coveted Sweepstakes trophy out of more than 80 entries at the 125th Rose Parade with a theme of "Dreams Come True.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
"Sunrise at the Oasis," an idyllic desert vision of beasts roaming among cascading waterfalls, palm trees and tropical flowers, won the Sweepstakes award at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. Large colorful animals, including elephants, a camel, peacocks and a tiger, were created by a team from Dole Foods using a variety of flowers and ornamentals, including crushed beans, moss, spices and even dried cranberries. Late last night, thousands of fresh roses and other flowers were added as a final touch. The float's beauty and design was cited in awarding the coveted Sweepstakes trophy out of more than 80 entries at the 125th Rose Parade with a theme of "Dreams Come True.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Since taking the Telluride and Toronto film festivals by storm in the early fall, "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" have dominated the Oscar conversation. Three months of screenings and cocktail receptions and glad-handing have done little to alter the leaderboard, but now, as critics groups, Screen Actors Guild Awards voters and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. have weighed in, there's a new question popping around Hollywood. Is the film academy about to go back to the '70s again?
BUSINESS
December 20, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. ? Online shopping The Federal Trade Commission cautions consumers to use extreme care when making online purchases during the holidays. Consumers should confirm a seller's physical address and telephone number before making a purchase; read the fine print, including shipping fees; print and save records of all purchases; and use caution when making purchases using public wireless networks. The FTC recommends paying with credit cards ?
BUSINESS
January 17, 1992 | S. J. DIAMOND
It's junk-mail sweepstakes time again. Here come the big envelopes marked URGENT, with huge capital letters saying: "CONGRATULATIONS (YOUR NAME), YOU'RE OUR NEWEST $1,000,000.00 WINNER!" You have doubts? When the letter comes from a company with the credibility of Time magazine? When you're assured (small letters, but boldface) that the million-dollar prize "listed next to your name is unconditionally guaranteed to be awarded"? The doubts aren't surprising.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2013 | David Lazarus
A sportswriter here at the paper responded to a tweet from basketball star Lamar Odom to enter an online sweepstakes for a free trip to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. And guess what? She won. "I turned it down," my colleague told me. "It was a scam, right?" It's something I get asked a lot. And usually, there's no question about the scamminess of online sweepstakes. The Federal Trade Commission says it gets thousands of complaints every year about bogus contests and lotteries.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2010 | David Lazarus
Encino resident Beryl Arbit got a nice surprise in the mail the other day: A check for $3,875 as a down payment on $125,000 in international lottery winnings. She examined the check closely, front and back. It was drawn on an account belonging to Eagle Tool & Machine Co. in Springfield, Ohio. But other than that oddity, it sure looked legit. "I've read stories about people being scammed," Arbit, 60, told me, "but this looked pretty real. " Her excitement didn't last long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A man found guilty in 1998 of defrauding the elderly by telling them they had won a sweepstakes was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Thursday. Ray Prince, 42, formerly of Burbank, was convicted of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud in a scheme in which he told elderly people that they had won the American Family Publisher's sweepstakes and asked them for "processing fees," the U.S. attorney's office said. Prince may have bilked his victims of as much as $1.3 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1992
Regarding that delightful tidbit in last Sunday's Pop Eye about Nymphs lead singer Inger Lorre's urinating on that pesky ol' record exec's desk: Perhaps I can offer an alternative reason for the behavior, as I often receive unsolicited sweepstakes entry mail, plainly marked "void where prohibited." ELLIE LEACOCK Los Angeles
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Garrett has noticed that a number of receipts he receives from stores include a sweepstakes offer. He could win a prize or some cash by filling out a survey or jumping through some other corporate hoop. He wants to know: Are these things legit? Pretty much, as long as they're from a well-known retailer. A number of top merchants, including Walgreen and Wal-Mart, have used receipt sweepstakes as a way to reach out and touch customers. The retailers say they do award prizes to people, although your chances of winning may run about one in a million.
SPORTS
September 14, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' expected signing of Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero puts a spotlight on the most anticipated free-agent saga of the coming off-season: Whither Robinson Cano ? This saga comes with a song: "Crown," the Jay-Z song that features this lyric: " Scott Boras , you over baby/Robinson Cano, you coming with me. " When Jay-Z expanded from rap star to sports agent, he recruited Cano away from Boras, who is perhaps baseball's most prominent agent. If Jay-Z wants to prosper in his new calling, and if his first baseball client is the undisputed king of this year's free-agent class, Jay-Z had better land the second baseman a mega-contract.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2013 | David Lazarus
A sportswriter here at the paper responded to a tweet from basketball star Lamar Odom to enter an online sweepstakes for a free trip to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. And guess what? She won. "I turned it down," my colleague told me. "It was a scam, right?" It's something I get asked a lot. And usually, there's no question about the scamminess of online sweepstakes. The Federal Trade Commission says it gets thousands of complaints every year about bogus contests and lotteries.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
Blue Man Group Ticket Giveaway OFFICIAL RULES   NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. 1. The Blue Man Group Ticket Giveaway (the ¿Sweepstakes¿) is sponsored by Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC, 202 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and Blue Man Productions, LLC, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard, South Las Vegas, NV 89109  ("Sponsors"). 2. Void where prohibited by law and outside California. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Foreclosures: A Seal Beach man has agreed to pay a $5-million penalty to resolve allegations that he operated a fraud that targeted homeowners, renters and banks. Terrill Meisinger agreed to pay the money to resolve a lawsuit filed against him by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Federal attorneys had accused Meisinger of contacting people who were facing foreclosure and paying them small cash payments, typically $500 to $1,500, if they deeded their homes to him and moved out before banks completed foreclosure.
NEWS
May 30, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Packaged tours" and "bucket list" usually aren't used in the same sentence, but tour operators are out to change all that. The U.S. Tour Operators Assn. is giving away a free trip each week for the next four weeks to bucket list-worthy destinations. "Gone are the days where such vacations simply meant motor coach transportation and a guide with a sign," President Terry Dale says in a statement. "These are not your grandmother's trips. " The sweepstakes started Tuesday and will give away these trips including round-trip airfare: --A 13-day Pacific Delight Tours package to China and the Yangtze River for two this week; --A 12-day Go Ahead Tours package to Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon and other national parks for four the week of June 5; --A 15-day Collette Vacations tour to Australia and New Zealand the week of June 12; --A 14-day Globus trip to Brazil, Argentina and Peru for two the week of June 19. Here's how it works: Start by "liking" the organization's Facebook page and then hit the tab that says "USTOA Sweepstakes.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Fake gems Military personnel in Afghanistan have been falling victim to local merchants selling fake gems they claim can be resold in the United States for huge profits, the Better Business Bureau announced. Janice Zerbe, who owns a jewelry store in Colorado Springs, Colo., said members of the military have come to her store to sell stones bought overseas. "Unfortunately, the majority of the stones are fake, and even those that are authentic are not cut correctly or are downright unattractive," Zerbe said.
NEWS
December 29, 1995 | Associated Press
When a long-distance phone company sweepstakes promised $1 million to a randomly selected caller, Paul Hilling started dialing for dollars. Using an automatic dialer and a bank of phone lines, he made 415,000 calls during the two-week contest in October. He made nearly one of every four calls during the contest. But when GCI found out what he had done, it disqualified him.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Fake gems Military personnel in Afghanistan have been falling victim to local merchants selling fake gems they claim can be resold in the United States for huge profits, the Better Business Bureau announced. Janice Zerbe, who owns a jewelry store in Colorado Springs, Colo., said members of the military have come to her store to sell stones bought overseas. "Unfortunately, the majority of the stones are fake, and even those that are authentic are not cut correctly or are downright unattractive," Zerbe said.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. ? Online shopping The Federal Trade Commission cautions consumers to use extreme care when making online purchases during the holidays. Consumers should confirm a seller's physical address and telephone number before making a purchase; read the fine print, including shipping fees; print and save records of all purchases; and use caution when making purchases using public wireless networks. The FTC recommends paying with credit cards ?
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