Taco Bell Giveaway As Artificial As Their “Beef”

Posted on Feb 24 2012 - 4:00pm by Ty Pier

Did you get a notification after entering your box code saying “YOU WON!” pending verification? Well today is NOT your lucky day! I have received quite a few emails from our loving readers about how Taco Bell is screwing them over. Hit the break to read the full email.

Apparently what happened is that some people tried to hack the Taco Bell sweepstakes and thus caused “erroneous” results for numerous people. Below is the automated response from the corporation.

Dear Customer;
Thank you again for contacting Taco Bell regarding your entry in the Unlock the Box Promotion and voicing your concern.  A thorough investigation was initiated since our last contact with you.
We learned that during a period of time on January 30, 2012 some people entering the promotion erroneously viewed a message suggesting they had won a PlayStation Vita, pending verification.
After a thorough investigation, and an additional review by the independent company administering the promotion, it was confirmed that these entrants viewed these messages or accessed them directly as a result of technical issues created by outside attempts by others to gain illegal entry and defraud the system.  Unfortunately, these entrants were not valid winners.
Taco Bell designed this sweepstakes to be fun for consumers and knows you are a disappointed fan.  We are therefore giving you and other consumers who may have viewed these erroneous messages on January 30 an additional chance to win.  You will be automatically entered into a separate drawing to win a PlayStation Vita.  The drawing will take place on March 21, 2012.  All winners will be notified directly by the week of March 27, 2012
Thank you for your understanding and participation. The issue that occurred on January 30 has been resolved and the Unlock the Box promotion will continue to run through March 11, 2012.
Ventura Associates
As you can see in the email, there was no apology, no personal message just an automated response saying sorry about your luck. Instead of facing the issue head on and giving these people what they deserve Taco Bell is deciding to sweep this under the rug and brush it off as an issue out of their control. I know many of you who received this email are furious. Well we are asking you Taco Bell what are you going to do to fix this. Because a “separate drawing” is just not enough especially after some of these people have been waiting 3 weeks or more for a response.
Do you think Taco Bell should award all the winners with a Vita? Leave your responses below!


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Ty is the Sr. Editor/Global Communications Manager here at GizmoFusion. He is an Android fanatic, lover of all things mobile, and Lord Of The Root. He is always open to ideas and comments from readers so don't hesitate to get a hold of him!

  • OmgitsHarlem

    yes i do they spent the money they were told they won on the taco bell site so they should be getting the vitas i think they planed it why else would they not cancel the promo and why do the rules state if you are told you win you win prize indicated pending verification and now it just so happen alot of people are being told it was invalid taco bell made sure there wasnt any loopholes

  • Blue

    Yes! Give us our Vitas! >(

  • Chico

    Yep….I won, but lost…..3 words…. CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

  • Anna

    This is crazy!!! Something similar is happening now. There’s this new “iPad” drawing for simply completing a survey that is complete inaccurate and gives false hopes. I have completed two surveys only to be told “Sorry, I am not a finalist for the drawing” immediately and conveniently after I have answered the survey questions and submitted my comments. I then know that I am NOT entered into any drawing. If I am, for some reason, not “qualified”, they should have notified me of that BEFORE I completed the survey. That is intentional on this company’s part, in order to get individuals to complete their survey! They have no integrity!! I am making sure that I notify EVERYONE on every review site!