fall comes the arrival of county fairs, state fairs, carnivals and
other similar events.
While these events are fun for the whole family, remember to protect
yourself while there. Not only should you watch your pocketbook and keep
tabs on your cash, you might also want to take care when signing up for
"sweepstakes", "raffles" or other "giveaways".
When you sign up for a "raffle" or enter a drawing, you are sharing personal information.
Although common, you have a right and responsibility to ask why certain information is needed and how it will be used.
If it is not disclosed to you how your information is going to be used, ask. If you are not
satisfied with the answer, walk away.
"entry forms" carry a disclaimer giving the company permission to call
you even though
you may have signed up for the do not call registry. Other fine print on
the entry form may indicate that the "raffle" is not really a giveaway
or may disclose other information you were not aware of.
The Charitable Raffle Enabling Act permits only qualified organizations to hold raffles,
with certain restrictions.
organizations include, nonprofit organizations under 501(c)(3) of the
in existence for three years prior to the raffle, volunteer fire
departments, volunteer medical emergency services and religious
organizations which have been in existence in Texas for a minimum of ten
Your good name is something you've worked hard to get, don't give it away frivolously.
- Exercise caution when sharing personal information.
- Be mindful of what you're agreeing to and make wise decisions regarding the use of your personal
questions before signing anything and if you still don't mind sharing
your name and phone
number, go ahead. But NEVER share bank account numbers, your Social
Security number, your driver's license number or credit card numbers or
anything that can be used to steal your identity.
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