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'Win a Millionaire Mansion' competition scam claims

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A competition to win a mansion worth an estimated £2.3m could be a “massive scam”, entrants have said.Many people who paid £10 to enter said they received no payment confirmation email and the contest’s Facebook page has been shut down.Other competitors expressed concerns over the question required to enter, calling it “misleading”.Organisers said the page was taken down “on security advice” and the competition followed “all UK rules”.More news from Devon and Cornwall.The owners of the property near Tiverton in Devon, decided to move but wanted to “do things a little differently” by making the mansion a prize in a raffle with part of the proceeds going to charity.The owners of the property said they wished to remain anonymous.Entrants can buy a £10 ticket from the competition website, but must answer the question “Where is Nelson’s fleet?” correctly to be included in the draw, organisers said.

Since launching, organisers have received complaints for failing to send out confirmation emails as money is taken out of entrants bank accounts.Guy Frankland from Exeter said he bought three tickets for £30 in one entry and had to wait seven hours for his confirmation email to come through.He also said the entry question was “ambiguous” and was not signposted as a requirement to be entered into the prize draw.

A spokesman for organisers Ogilvie Promotions later confirmed “a very small number of people” had not received the email and the competition was experiencing “technical difficulties” due to “high demand”.They said “thousands” had successfully bought tickets, and the terms and conditions on the competition’s website were clear about the question which was chosen “alongside a team of legal advisers”.Simon Churchill, also from Devon, said although he took the competition website to be a “legitimate page” at first, he was left in doubt when he experienced an error message after paying for a ticket.He was later given what seemed like “automated responses” from organisers when he made enquiries, he said.The company said it would be contacting customers to provide confirmation their payments had been received.
Source: Devon BBC