There are thousands of competitions available for Australians to enter. Whether it’s online, in a magazine/newspaper, on the radio or even at your local shop.

When entering competitions it’s important to understand which ones are genuine and which ones are potentially not.

Trust

The first tip is to trust brands that you know.
 
Whether it’s a major TV manufacturer, high street retailer, or mainstream radio station. If it’s a household name you can be confident that they are not looking to scam you.
 
They will also have all the relevant permits and terms in place to ensure they comply with local laws.
 
Another benefit of entering competitions run by big brands is that they can have amazing prizes. Companies use competitions as a way to market their product. The bigger the company, the bigger the marketing budget and, therefore, the bigger the prizes!

Fake Emails/Phishing

Everyone with an email address has been targeted with a phishing email at some point.
 
An example of phishing is an email saying you have won a substantial cash prize, but first you need to provide some personal information before they can send it.
 
Here’s some tips to help you avoid falling for a phishing scam:
  • If you can’t remember entering a competition, you probably didn’t win it. CompSpot members are able to keep track of every single competition they have entered using our CompLog, 
  • Check the spelling of the email. Incorrect spelling, or grammatical errors, should be a red flag.
  • Check the senders’ email address. Even if the name is someone you might know (your sibling for example). Click on their name to see their email address. If you don’t recognise it. Delete it.
  • Search online, or through CompSpot, to see if the competition or sender is genuine. Other people may have been targeted too.
  • Don’t ever send your bank details to someone you don’t know.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Terms

When entering a competition, it is good practice to check the terms and conditions.
 
At CompSpot we check the terms of the competitions we add to the site. We also encourage our members to check the terms of any competitions that they add. As a result, it is easy to find the prize value and closing date of any competition listed on the site.
 
There can also be other relevant information that is only found in the terms. For example, a holiday may not include flights or they may only be available between certain dates. The terms will also tell you about how your personal details are going to be shared, and if the competition has a permit.

Permits

Competitions are usually broken down into “games of chance” and “games of skill”. Regardless of the category, they have to comply with consumer protection and privacy laws. Chance competitions must also abide by state-based trade promotion laws.
 
Games of skill are the most popular because a permit is not required to run them.
 
A good rule of thumb when entering a game of chance is to check that it has an Australian permit number.

Other 

  • Avoid competition ads or having to pay money to win a prize. Unless it’s a certified raflle/lotto.
  • Try and stay away from global competitions. If they don’t abide by local laws, it might be easier for them to not award the prize. There’s also a much slimmer chance of winning.

When entering a competition, common sense prevails. Doesn’t look legit? Don’t enter it!

Oh man!