Contest Offers "Free Gas"

One-hundred-thousand people in Colorado Springs received a mailer.

It tells you you've won one of four prizes... a new car, $5,000 cash, $100 cash, or a $250 gas card.

To claim your prize you must take the mailer to Tri County Auto Force on Eighth Street.

Clare Neidermyer of Colorado Springs says she won the 250-bucks worth of gas, but walked away disappointed.

Clare adds, "It's misleading as far as I'm concerned. It felt like a scam."

Clare says she thought she was getting a card loaded with $250 to purchase gas.
But this promotion doesn't work that way.

First... you have to pay a $5 refundable fee to a Florida company called freebeegas.com.

Then you have to buy $100 worth of gas every month with a specific gas company in town... keeping your receipts... and mailing them in with a paper voucher to freebee gas.

Weeks later you get a $25 gas card to use with that same gas company. You do this every month for ten months and eventually you rack up the $250 in free gasoline.

Tony Cuomo, the owner of Tri County Auto Force say it's a great program since everyone's looking for a way to cut their gas bill.
As for the prizes he says no one won the 2008 Chevy Impala nor the two cash prizes.

That's because only 60 out of 10,000 people brought in their mailers. And, all 60 won the $250 gas card.

Right now Tri County Auto Force is running a new contest... promising various gas prizes awarded by the mailing company.

Forty-thousand Springs residents received this mailer which expires Saturday, October Fourth.
The bottom line... this is not a scam.
It's just a clever way for a car dealer to get potential customers in his door.


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  • by Shelly Hill Location: Middletown, MD on Dec 17, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    Freebeegas does appear to be a ripoff. Check the web, many folks have been duped, me included. Have yet to receive a gas card since July 2008 and no response from them!!!
  • by K Location: Florida on Oct 20, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    Without question, it's a scam. First in, first out. The company, FreeBee gas charges distributors $25 for a $500 free gas card. So companies like Tri County can offer $500 free gas (or $250) with a very minimal expense. Actuarilly, how can a company pay out $500 on receiving $25? FreeBee Gas has no agreements with the oil companies for any discounts (why would the oil companies care?) It doesn't take an Einstein. The companies using this should know better...and are risking their reputations. Shame on them.
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