This is one of the most common questions I get from people who are interested in sweeping as a hobby.


3 Tips To Avoiding Online Sweepstakes Scams

1) Create an email address just for entering.
You can either use an additional one from your Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or a free virtual one such as Yahoo or Gmail.

2) Use software to protect your computer.
Whether you con­test or not, you MUST pro­tect your com­puter. The Inter­net Tools listed are some of the best and will pro­tect you against var­i­ous mali­cious online attacks.

3) Go to websites that list legitimate sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways to enter.
There are two types: hosts and aggregates.


A giveaway HOST is a site that frequently hosts their own giveaways. For example, most local radio stations have a contest page that is continually updated with new promotions that you can enter either by listening to, texting in, on an entry form,, or a combination of those.


A giveaways AGGREGATE bring together (aggregate) legitimate giveaways for you to enter in one place saving you time as they have vetted the sweepstakes. Plus, they have search features, and some offer organizational tools or community pages where you can connect with fellow contestors.

I have listed the most popular aggregates on my website to make it easier for you to find them, under Resources.

What do you do to avoid scams?