Every year, I get a Scratch ‘N’ Win Match 4 game card in my mail. The game card has two sections which are to be scratched off and if 4 symbols match in the same section then it is a winning card. The sections are identified as Game 1 and Game 2.
Is the Scratch ‘N’ Win Match 4 Game Card for Real?
Game 1 usually ends up in failure with 4 identical symbols not appearing in this area. Game 2 is always a winner. Four “7” symbols are likely to line up in one line, giving an indication that the recipient of the card has just won a prize. The Scratch ‘N’ Win Match 4 game card is professionally made and can easily give an impression of a real lottery card.
The back side of the card conveniently lines up the symbols with a picture of an award but the symbols do not represent the prizes shown next to them. Since my card has four “7” symbols lined up, an Apple iMac 21.5″ computer valued at $1399 appears next to “7”. It is just for show.
However, the truth about the validity of this card is found at the back. The fine print states, “All entrants must be homeowners and qualify for, and agree to, a homecare product presentation (no purchase required)”. Basically, it is a marketing tactic used by a water treatment company who wants to sell expensive filtration systems.
A phone number is stamped at the back of the card with an instruction to call them within 48 hours after the card has been received. There is no other indication of a company name. This makes the marketing scheme adapted by this company extremely shady.
When I called the number, a real person answered my call asking me to agree to a home demonstration of their product. As you may be already aware, water filtration companies will use various tactics to sell you their system. I have had salesmen demonstrating how my water is contaminated by performing a quick test in front of me. Their tactics will easily lure an uninformed person into paying for an expensive filtration system whereas other cheaper alternatives exist.
Those who have gone through their product demonstration have complained about aggresive sales tactics. The award which is given is usually a hotel gift card which requires you to actually spend money before it can be used. So, I would stay far away from them and recycle the game card. There is never a good reason to trust a company which would use deceptive advertising tactics to win your business. Always opt for honest and transparent companies who have nothing to hide.