By Robb Hicken/Chief Storyteller
Security Fulfillment International, a division of American Sweepstakes Publishers (ASP), makes a guarantee, but doesn’t deliver a sweepstakes prize, at least that’s what the operator says when you call the number. The guarantee is that the documents have been sent to you.
“We research sweepstakes out and guarantee that they are legitimate,” the operator says, but doesn’t give her name (phone: 913-338-0715). ‘”We put the sweepstakes in the report and with the report, we provide the customer the address and the deadlines and the process they need to enter. They are not entering the sweepstakes by submitting the $12 processing fee, but subscribing to the report.”
She says ASP currently has 25 sweepstakes in their report. She had no response to how often the sweepstakes report is updated. The Report clearly states the information is “unique and confidential” as far as ASP has collected it, but continues to say, this information is available to anyone who chose to spend time and money to collect his data themselves.
“We have people that make sure they are legitimate sweepstakes, and make sure they are free,” she says. “Once we research and verify, we put it in the ASP publication.”
The report says the SRC (Sweepstakes Reporter Company) and ASP publications are published quarterly and monthly reports that give the latest, up-to-date information about sweepstakes offered by major sponsors. This information includes the sponsors names, prizes, deadlines and where to send the entries and how to enter.
“We don’t sponsor sweepstakes,” she says, and quickly referred me to Tricia Estes, at the corporate office, which was Opportunities Unlimited Publications. I called and left a message.
According to BBB records, Sweepstakes Reporter also known as S.R.C. and American Sweepstakes Publisher, based in Shawnee Mission, Kan., began business in September 1994. Sweepstakes Reporter does not conduct sweepstakes promotions, but researches and reports on sweepstakes. Sweepstakes Reporter sends out letters with “prize-winning information” for a fee of approximately $12.00. For the $12.00 fee a consumer receives a report that consists of information on sweepstakes conducted by corporate organizations not affiliated with Sweepstakes Reporter and information on how to enter those sweepstakes. It’s report clearly states “you have no guarantee of winning because you buy a SRC or ASP Publication.”
It does provide its mailing lists to companies whose products or services might be of interest to subscribers.
The company has an ‘F’ rating with the BBB.