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If you’re going to run a scam selling trophies for fake awards, at least try to get it right.

The “US Commerce Association” is a fake chamber of commerce that gives fake awards to winners of a fake contest announced in a fake press release.  I don’t know if the scam artists or the small businesses who display the trophies are more crooked. But the trophy is only $179.99!

Award ImageEarlier this year, I sent a notification email to you recognizing that Gas Pedal had been selected for the 2009 Best of Chicago Award in the Sporting Goods & Bicycle Shops category.

In recognition of your achievement, a 2009 Best of Chicago Award has been designed for display at your place of business. You may arrange to have your award sent directly to Gas Pedal by following the simple steps on the 2009 Best of Chicago Award order form. Simply copy and paste this link into your browser to receive your award:
Each year, the US Commerce Association (USCA) identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Also, a copy of the press release publicizing the selection of Gas Pedal has been posted on our website. The USCA hereby grants Gas Pedal a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display this press release in any media formats and through any media channels.

An Award Code has been assigned to your company that can be used on our website for quick access to your award information and press release.
Your Award Code is: SA28-8Y5B

Ashley Carter
Selection Committee Chair
US Commerce Association

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  1. Drew Griffin November 8, 2009 at 8:31 am #


    As usual great stuff! BTW I’m looking for a road bike, any suggestions? LOL

  2. Carin Galletta November 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Wow, that is particularly hilarious. I want to have a plaque made for “best porn producer” or something equally absurd, put it in my office and see if any of our clients notice. Maybe “Winner: San Francisco Worm Eating Contest”; “Winner: Excessive Use of Wine During A Weekday”…

  3. Kira Wampler November 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    Funny. Sad, but funny. When I first read the headline, I thought maybe you really had opened another business or had stumbled on some cool “shares in local business” concept.

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