Contest Offers "Free Gas"

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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

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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