The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-12-30T01:25:32Z FaceBook Competitions Prove Unpopular 2010-12-30T01:25:32Z facebook-competitions-prove-unpopular Sydney, Australia: A survey run on www.CompetitionsGuide.com.au has found an overwhelming majority of people are against the idea of competitions run exclusively on FaceBook fan pages.CompetitionsGuide.com.au Editor, Craig Seitam, launched the survey after noticing a significant drop in visitors to competitions labelled as being involved with FaceBook.According to Seitam: "Businesses are wanting to boost the number of people liking their fan pages, so to do this competitions seem like a good idea. The strategy is that people receive entries in a competition by clicking the 'like' button, or sometimes by referring the competition to their friends for additional entries."CompetitionsGuide.com.au simply asked their members what they thought about competitions run on FaceBook, in their blog 'FaceBook Competitions (Your Thoughts?)'Seitam said "We thought that the results would be around 50/50, but it turned out that most members were strongly against the idea of FaceBook competitions, for several reasons. Firstly, people don't like being forced to be FaceBook members. Secondly, traditional online competitions aren't public, but FaceBook is. You must publicly like a company, and often answer a question that's open for all to see. These are real privacy issues."He added, "The idea of earning extra entries by asking your friends to like a fan page is also unpopular. People feel that they are being intrusive."Although the results would indicate otherwise, Seitam still believes companies can attract people to their fan pages by taking a balanced approach to competitions. He said, "FaceBook is undoubtedly a phenomenon that business wants to be a part of, but it's unwise to assume everyone wants to go along for the ride. By all means, run competitions that have a FaceBook element, but don't make them exclusive. Give people the option, that's all they're after." Consumers Warned of Scam Competitions 2010-12-13T06:08:24Z consumers-warned-of-scam-competitions Australian consumers have been warned to take extra care over the Christmas period, when being contacted about winning online competitions.Founder and Editor of CompetitionsGuide.com.au ,Craig Seitam, has noted an increase in complaints of late, and is urging the public to take care when responding to winning announcements.Seitam warns; "Scam competitions such as European lotteries are hopefully easy to spot, but those that offer more realistic prizes are harder to detect. The problem is not with competitions that are being offered in Australia, but instead, people being awarded prizes in competitions that weren't entered in the first place".An increasing concern are phone calls from overseas travel companies. Seitam explains; "The way that it works is a person gets an international call offering congratulations for a major holiday prize. The intended winner gets excited, and is then asked to verify their identity with a credit card. Or sometimes it's even as forward as asking for a security deposit. The real problem happens when the person realises that they've been conned, and have no way of contacting the company to demand a refund."The rise in popularity of online competitions has added to the confusion. Seitam says; "If a competition enthusiast enters hundreds of competitions, they need to take a note of each one. If a prize winning phone call comes, this can be simply checked against the list. Treat any phone call or email with suspicion, and ask the person directly for a link back to the competition. Verify every detail you can, and never give credit card or any other financial information."CompetitionsGuide.com.au encourages the public to notify them of any suspicious competition campaigns or prize notifications.