Just got a flyer from an outfit in Brooklyn that invites us to a vast
sale of UNCLAIMED VEHICLES!!!! Came complete with a check of $28,500
up front credit!!!! And, that's not all, when we scrtached off the
scratch off patch the numbers matched!!!! WE HAVE WON!!! Maybe a brand
new Mazda!!! Maybe $22,000 in cash!!! Maybe $500 in cash!!! Maybe a
three day two night vacation!!!
Hmmmmm. Let's see what the fine print says here. There is an awful lot
of it. The $28,500 check? "This offer is not guaranteed if you do not
meet our criteria, including providing acceptable collateral." There's
a whole lot more on the back of the check that becomes a contract if
you endorse it. None of it has anythinbg to do with immediate no-
Well, let's see what the flyer says. Takes some searching to find it
among the garish colors and weird type faces, but there it is, buried
deep like those voice-overs for poisonous over-priced drugs being
hawked on TV these days. "Odds of winning $22,000 in cash or the
vehicle 1:350,000. Odds of winning a 3 day/2 night vacation or $500
cash 349,999:350,000." Note the "OR" In other words you have one
chance of NOT winning the $500 or vacation.
I wonder where the 3 day/2 night vacation is? Siberia, you supply the
Nonetheless, wife wants to go. She's the type that can't resist a
boardwalk "auction" house in Atlantic City. The flyer shows an '04
Mercedes with the number $500. Bad vibes.