That's Nacho Vita! Taco Bell PlayStation Vita promotion site hacked
It appears that Taco Bell's "Unlock the Box" promotion–in which, according to the ads, one lucky sap is chosen to win a PlayStation Vita every 15 minutes–has hit some bumps. That is to say, people who thought they won are finding out that they, technically, did not.
A report from CBS tells of how the numerous complaints that have begun to form since the start of the promotion. People say they were greeted, upon entering a code at the promotion's website, with a screen bearing the message"Congratulations, you won!", only to receive an e-mail a few weeks later telling them that they did not win.
The reason for these fake wins and broken hearts, Taco Bell says, is that the website had been broken into by a hacker, who then created the fakes.
The following is Taco Bell's full statement on the matter:
"We have learned that during a short period of time on January 30th, some people entering our Unlock the Box promotion erroneously received 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 as a result of others who attempted to gain illegal entry and defraud the system. Unfortunately, during this time period some saw a confirmation screen but were not valid winners.
Taco Bell designed this sweepstakes to be fun for our consumers and we know that there are some disappointed fans. We are therefore giving those consumers who viewed erroneous messages a second chance to win by automatically entering them into a separate drawing to win a PS Vita. All winners will be notified and their names posted the week after the end of the promotion. The issue that occurred on January 30th has been resolved and the Unlock the Box promotion will continue to run through March 11, 2012."
CBS provided extra info on this second drawing. According to them, the drawing for those affected (which number at about 300) will take place the week of March 18, and at least two PS Vitas will be given away.
Has this story scared you away from Taco Bell's promotion, or are you still tempted to give it a shot? Feel free to comment in the box below either way.
Source: CBS Sacramento
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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