I received an email on Friday, October 6 from one of those contest notification services. Note the date.
The email announced the opportunity to participate in an on-line survey for a well-known research firm in exchange for a chance to win a fairly good prize. There is no apparent connection between the contest notification service and the research company.
The email content itself had poor creative and the execution below-average. Within the email, there was mention of a prize completely unrelated to the prize offered in the actual contest. In fact, the email is so poorly executed, I’m not even going to mention the notification service or the research firm by name.
After clicking through and digging into the contest rules, the contest period ended September 30! Well done, folks.