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Beward of E-mails stating your pet is a semi-finalist and will be published in a book!

FYI GUYS about the Cutest Pets Around the Globe book.

I did a little searching on the web about this contest/book and it turns out that pretty much everybody who enters is declared a "semifinalist" and is asked to send money for the book.

Here is a link to a photography forum that discusses it:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=14837

I guess if you don't mind paying for the book there's no harm done, but I just can't stand that they are lying to everybody and using it to sell a product.

In case the link doesn't work, here's some of the posts from that link:

"I was wondering if any one has dealt with these people. I got a letter in the mail today, that said I was a semifinist. They want my permission to be placed in a book called Cutest Pets Around the Globe. I cost 39.99 + 7.00 shipping and handing. Is this one of those spams like Picture.com. It says there is no purchase necessary to win the contest."

"Hi everyone, Im new to this website. I have also just recieved a letter from cutestpetcontest.com saying my photo is in the semi final and in the running for the front cover of "Cutests pets round the globe book.... ummm I was wondering if Justins friend has heard anything since sending the form off? I am not going to buy the book, well not from them direct anyway, I may consider it if the book does actually exist and is on Amazon in the future. Infact I might email Amazon to see what they say about this! I have emailed cutestpetcontest to tell them that I wont send my credit card details incase it is a scam and I will let you all know there reply, I have also asked them if the have a PAYPAL account.."

"Hi there,

I have just recieved a letter from cutestpetscontest.com saying my photo will be in a book called 'Cutest Pets Round the Globe' which will be available to purchase through Amazon.com I am not sure if this is scam or not so I was wondering if you know anything about this? They are offering me a discount on the book if I buy it pre-publication from them directly."

" Hi I recently also recieved a letter explaing my pet was a semi-finalist, At first I was excited, but then to find in the end they wanted my money.They said if I didn't buy the book now I would have to by it at 70.00, who would spend that much money! I think they send these letters to everyone, which isn't right whatsover. I also did a search on amazon only to find no such book.I wonder if the contest is even real,Im not sending them anything"

"I recieved the same letter just two days ago. Semi Finalist as of right now! Trash it!"

"Hi everyone!
I'm a new member, I was making a search on that same subject, because I also received the same letter in the mail,,,
These gys really have written a nice letter that actually made my day,,,
But I do realise that it's not normal to be asking for money,,, Now that I have read your comments I guess my gut feeling was good,,, I will wait to win thw prize money then I will be able to buy a book for all mt friends,,
How about that! "

"Count me in....I also got the letter a few days ago. Isn't it amazing how so many of us submitted such wonderful photos of our pets to end up in the semi-finals?

I didn't send them any money either because I thought it was stupid to have to send in money. If they were legit, they should offer to send to send all the semi-finalists a complimentary issue of their "book" if it really exists. (or at least offer to send one to all the winners) "
 

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Oh, Man, I got that letter. I posted it here about MIA being a semi-finalist. I waited on buying the book untill I saw her on the web site or got some other way to verify that it was all lagit (sp?) BUT the website always had the same animals on it and I never got anything else from them, so I just blew it off!!! SO, glad I didn't waste my money on it!!

Thanks, for the info.!! :wave:
 

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It sucks that they are using people's love for animals to scam them. There is another dog contest called Dogs24/7 that is legit (sponsored by a lot of corporate groups), and it looks like this cutest pets company copied their idea, except used it as a marketing scheme to trick people.
 

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:wink: Another one tho not chi related is Poetry.com...they tell you how good you are, and how your poems will be part of their best of the best collection but you need to sign a release form and buy your copy now! :roll:
 

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:evil: DOESNT IT JUS URK YA !!! ANY THING TO MAKE A BUCK!!! :roll: THANKS FOR THE WARNING AND THE TIME IT TOOK TO RESEARCH THE MATTER FOR OUR BEHALFS :p WHAT A WONDERFUL PERSON YOU MUST BE!! :wave:
 

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Thanks so much for posting that, now I can go back and tell my friend to not do it, because she got the same thing. Im glad we have wonderful individuals that look out for others safety! :D
 

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Just thought I'd add about poetry.com. That site isn't actually a scam and I know people who have won their poetry contest. It's been around for years, but for some reason, only lately, they've begun with all this ridiculous "you're being honored in our special poetry book" nonesense. I've been a member of that site for years, it's only the past couple months this has started =/ I don't know why they're doing that.

That pet one though, that's frustrating. I also got one of those letters before. Bascially it's a book of all the pets that people have paid to be in the book. So if you buy the book, you're in the book, along with others who have bought the book :)
 
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