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Is American Cash Awards legit? PA and no, There is no

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Is American Cash Awards...

Is American Cash Awards legit?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? And is a local attorney or other consumer protection advocate helping with this?

PA and no

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you contacted the manufacturer?

There is no manufacturer. American Cash Awards claims to give away money, not unlike Publishers Clearinghouse.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

They say it costs $850.00 to "unlock" the winnings, but if you don't have it. they will put the money on a maxed out credit card.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Consumer Protection Law
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Consumer Protection Lawyer: Marsha411JD, Lawyer replied 11 months ago
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Hello,

Thank you for the information and your question. I can't comment on a particular company, however, no alleged award or sweepstakes company is legitimate if they ask for payment of any fees or taxes up front prior to payment of alleged winnings. No one should ever send money to receive a cash prize or sweepstakes. If the company is legitimate, then they could take any legitimate fees or taxes from the winnings prior to sending the payment. Also, a good indicator is if they ask for payment via green dot, Western Union, or iTunes cards.

I can say that this Company has numerous scam complaints against them which you can find my searching in your internet engine using their name with "scam" after it.

You can read more about sweepstakes/awards scams and how to report them to the FTC, by going to the following link: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0199-prize-scams

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