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    Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    I have grandchildren that are interested in entering sweepstakes. Problem is my daughter doesn't have the time to help them with it. Does anyone know if my grandkids will be disqualified if they win and I'm the one (not their parents) who gave them permission to enter? For example, one sweeps will notify winners by sending an email to the parents. My daughter checks her email once in a great while and would more than likely miss a win notification. So I used my email address, not hers, when helping my grandson with this particular sweeps. I wasn't exactly dishonest when I had to claim that he was my child (since he is my grand-child) and that I was his parent (since I'm his grand-parent). By the way, my daughter does allow them to enter, she just doesn't have the time to help them with their entering. Does anyone know from experience if handling it this way would be cause for disqualification?

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    :sunny: Since you have her permission, why not set up an email address for her on your computer that you use strictly for the grandkids entering. Then you can check it for any potential wins. If an affy has to be signed you can print it off and have her sign it.
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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    READ THE RULES

    Parent or legal guardian means just that and will disqualify the entry. If it says the win is sent to the parent's email address then the sponsor and its agents better not find out that the email address was not the parent/legal guardian.

    The parents/legal guardian give permission to the child to enter the contest. However there usually is nothing in the rules saying that a person cannot help the child. You can help the child fill out the form or mail the envelope but it is the legal responsibility of the parent/guardian. If the parents give you permission to enter the kids in contests then you procede to the next step. Reading the rules. After that step is the entering. If it says parents email then that is what has to be used.

    Not a lawyer but using an email other than the designated parental email consists of fraud and the sponsor would be cheated out of a prize because the rules were not followed.

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    deann, no one is going to know it was YOUR email addy used and not your daughter's email addy as long as you don't tell them.

    And it is NOT fraud for crying out loud. If you have your daughter's permission(which I'm sure you do) then continue to use your email addy.

    I hope your grandkids have many wins! :cheers:

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    There should be no problem with you doing what pmeek said. For heavens sake, the children have permission from the mother, and if something needs to be signed or notarized, then you can certainly have her do that. It's not like your signing for them on a notarized affy as the child's parent! Let those grandchildren start entering and winning!

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    Rule breaking can be considered fraud. I gave you a legal answer based on years of sweeping and reading boards. If you want the answer from someone who thinks breaking rules is ok then use their answer.

    Fraud is to knowingly deceive a company out of goods and/or services. When entering a contest you enter into a binding agreement with said company. Entering a contest while knowing you are violating a rule is breaking that contract. This could be knowing your brother works for the company, lying about age, or in this case using an email address other than the parents.

    The only legal way around the parental email is for the parents to create an email account then give granny (in this case) access to that account. The account would be the parents even though a secretary, child, sister or other person was checking it.

    As a sweeper I must teach the laws and rules to people. If I want to I can then tell them ways to get around the rules as seen above. "On highway 10 outside of Barstow you can go 90 mph and cops never do anything" means in court that the judge will fine you and "But your Honour they said I could go 90 mph and not get a ticket" will be laughed at then ignored by the judge as it is irrelevant to the case. People need to know the rules and laws so they do not later end up in lawsuits, hurt, in jail or worst of all disappointed because their dream prize is taken away. It is the rule breakers, including myself, who has caused the sponsors to tighten the sweeping rules, made it harder with codes, and seen crack downs that led to innocent people getting banned from sweeps.

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    The only legal way around the parental email is for the parents to create an email account then give granny (in this case) access to that account. The account would be the parents even though a secretary, child, sister or other person was checking it.

    Churchy, while I understand what you are saying I do NOT think the OP is committing any sort of fraud. While she may be the one physically creating the email address for sweeps, her daughter is still giving her permission to do so. The daughter may not be sitting down at the computer and physically creating the email addy but she has given her mother permission to do so. For all we know the mother would be standing over her mother's shoulder watching her do so. The mother may not be using her own fingers to create the email account but would be fully aware that such email account creating is taking place for the sole purpose for her mother to be notified of her children's wins or the mother may wish to use the email account as well.

    I agree that fraud does lead to sponsors having less sweeps. I also agree on your description of fraud{ Fraud is to knowingly deceive a company out of goods and/or services}but I do not believe that the OP is trying to deceive a company out of goods and services.

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    The parental email account would have to be owned by and in the name of the parent/parents of the child. It depends on the rules and companies so I am not going to debate this any more.

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    Re: Rules regarding sweepstakes for children

    Thanks for all your comments! My grandchildren have won a few nice prizes in the past, which explains why they're interested in entering. The other prizes they've won have been instant win prizes, so all I had to help them with was printing up the forms for my daughter to sign and send in. I may just wait with this particular sweeps, since my daughter is in the process of moving, and will be signing up with a new internet provider. I've already asked her to set up an email address just for the kids that I can have access to, and she didn't have a problem with that, since her new provider allows her more than 1 email account. I agree that it's best to follow the rules just to be safe (just thought that grandparents might be acceptible when parents were specified).

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