Victim Location 91344
Type of a scam Vanity Award Scam
This company sent an email to our company saying we’d won a “2020 Los Angeles Award” and asking us to “pay for the cost” of the reward in order to get a plaque or something Copy of email is below.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Charlie Miles
Date: April 30, 2020 at 3:48:55 AM PDT
To: Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate
Subject: Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate – Los Angeles Awards
It is our pleasure to inform you that Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate has been selected as the Winner for the 2020 Los Angeles Awards in the category of Karate School. Notification to other award winners in Los Angeles will be made over the next several weeks. After all award recipients have been notified, we will post the complete list of winners on our website.
The Los Angeles Award Program was created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of businesses and organizations in and around Los Angeles. Our mission is to raise the profile of exemplary companies and entrepreneurs among the press, the business community, and the general public.
It is not a requirement, but is your option, to have us send you one of the 2020 Awards that have been designed for display at your place of business. As an Award recipient, there is no membership requirement. We simply ask each award recipient to pay for the cost of their awards. The revenue generated by the Los Angeles Award Program helps to pay for operational support, marketing and partnership programs for local businesses.
There are various award types, sizes and shipping options. Also, we can create a digital award image during the production process at no extra charge for use on your website or with any of your other social marketing .
ID Code: 677-4GNC
Click here to view the 2020 Los Angeles Awards.
Los Angeles Award Program
Additional Information: Selection as a 2020 Award Winner is determined by the marketing success of your organization in your local community within your category. The selection process does not include nominations, voting, contests or surveys. The Los Angeles Award Program uses only empirical data supplied by independent third-parties as input into our award algorithm. Unfortunately I cannot go into the specifics of the data we use in our selection process. We have non-disclosure agreements with the companies that provide us the data. I’m sorry; I wish I could give you more details.
In addition to displaying the award at your place of business, most organizations incorporate their selection into their marketing materials. Studies show that customers are strongly influenced by third-party validations. In addition, we will post your organization on our website as a 2020 Award Winner and link back to your website; allowing new customers to find you.
This notice should have been delivered to the Marketing Officer for Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate. If you are not the Marketing Officer for this company please forward it to the correct individual. If you do not want to get any other advertisements from Los Angeles Award Program, mail a written request to: Los Angeles Award Program, 337 Garden Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77018 or click here.
Victim Location 91617
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes
Email claims that our company has won a 2015 "Best of" award, and in order to claim the plaque we must pay. When viewing the program’s website, they even display a press release company’s can download and present to media. The website also claims that companies such as Intuit, American Red Cross, Best Buy, and others have been given this award in previous years, and that "only one winner is selected per category for each town."