I won two Instagram contests over the weekend. The first was for a yarn giveaway which I was very excited to win. However, an odd thing was that I was required to sign up online with some movie platform for a free week in order to win my free yarn. I didn't want to belong to this movie platform but I read all the fine print that said I could cancel after my free period and there would be no further charge. Yea, right. I did it though and monitored my bank account carefully. There was a $1 pending charge from them but it dropped off.
Then I was notified I won the contest from Bob's Red Mill. I've heard of them but I was again sent to a different but exactly the same movie platform. This time I really rebelled. I told them I didn't want it and gave them my address and said to send the prize to myself. They refused and said it was required. So I tried to log on and the site wouldn't let me. I can only assume it was because I entered then canceled from the yarn win. I called the helpline and the woman kept telling me something to do and then would try to get off the phone before I could even try her suggestion. I never was able to log on. I contacted the contest people again but since it was the holiday weekend I got no response. I contacted Bob's corporate headquarters and the same, no response because of the holiday. So I waited and no response from either after three days.
Yesterday I saw a post from the yarn lady saying someone was hijacking her account and she would never ask for a credit card number. I'm going to contact her shortly and let her know about my experience.
I've tried to be patient through this but today I decided to post on Bob's Red Mill Instagram account, his corporate contact page, and the latest giveaway that Bob has posted to warn future entrants.
Wild, huh? I did want the Bob's prize but I don't really expect to hear from anyone. Then, after all that, I got an email from Quaker Chewey contest I won. I received a large box from them already and they originally told me the "gift card" would come under separate cover.
When you hear gift card do you think something like Visa or a store card to be spent one place? I just wasn't sure so I've been patiently waiting and hoping it is a Visa, supposedly in the amount of $250. That is a nice bit of change and I'm going to believe it when I see it. Anyway, the email I just received said it is on its way by Fed Ex. I can only hope.
More later ...