November 17, 1996

No Free Boat

Associated Press

Marketing scams

Idaho residents who got notice in the mail that they’d won a sport fishing boat and outboard motor had a few surprises coming.

At the bottom of the promotion from Ewing Fairchild International, Inc., a Florida marketing company, the lucky “winners” were notified they had to pay a $99.50 shipping, handling and promotional fee.

What they got if they sent money was a small rubber dingy. The “outboard motor” was a small, battery-powered motor - and they didn’t even get a battery.

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