The Pitfalls of Entering your Baby into Competitions

Posted on: 11th March 2013

Baby CompetitionGlitz, glamour, fame and fortune: these are just some of the advantages that a parent expects when they enter their baby into beauty competition. Unfortunately there's a dark side to pageants that most people don’t talk about. Here are some pitfalls that to avoid when you enter your child into an online beauty competition.


Authenticity is not just a fancy word. Many online baby competitions are phishing tools. Once you provide your name, contact number, email address and other personal details, the website sells the information onto companies who will send you a constant stream of junk mail. You can avoid this trap by checking whether the baby competitions are authentic or not. Some quick online research will reveal all.


When you search for popular competitions, such as Gerber, you’ll find several counterfeit competitions which are using the keyword to trick unsuspecting parents into providing their details so they can sell them to telemarketers. When you sign up for scam sites they will ask your friends and family to sign up too, in order to vote. In addition to selling your email, they will try to force you into a purchase before you can place your vote.


Basically, you need to be careful when you sign up to enter your baby into an online competition. There are hundreds of internet scams preying on innocent people whose only dream is to enter their child into a legitimate contest.


Some genuine contests will ask for a small entry fee, but avoid competitions that ask for exorbitant entry fees. The fee they request should only cover mailing and processing, if you’re required to send your pictures by snail mail. At no point in time should the fees exceed the cost of the first prize.


The Gerber baby competition has been a popular competition for a long time. You can be sure that your pictures are being set to a well established company and not a scam artist. Even if you aren’t a fan of their products, one thing you can be sure of is that your email address won’t fall into the hands of spammers.

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