Are the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes a scam?

No, definitely not.

Reader’s Digest guarantees that every single prize allocated for a Sweepstakes prize draw is awarded and our lawyers guarantee that every single prize allocated for a Sweepstakes prize draw is awarded and our Sweepstakes are compliant with Lottery and Gaming regulations in both Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout the year, we conduct Sweepstakes prize draws in our Sydney headquarters in the presence of an independent auditor, with the major prize draws occurring in December each year. All Sweepstakes winners are then officially notified in writing. So, if you receive a phone call saying you've won a prize from Reader’s Digest, just ask one simple question: "Is it free?" If not, hang up!

Any legitimate Sweepstakes will have an official list of rules that clearly stipulate how to enter, the value of the prizes, the date that the contest opens and closes and how you can find out who won. The official rules for the Reader’s Digest Sweepstakes are always available to view online at and are included in every promotional mailing.

Here are some simple tips to help prevent Sweepstakes scams:

  1. Be wary of phone calls saying you've won a prize.

  2. Be suspicious if people ask you for money to claim a prize.

  3. Never give your credit card number or provide bank account information to collect a prize or enter a Sweepstakes.

  4. Read all Sweepstakes information and entry rules carefully.


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