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Symantec #SpotTheCheck TWITTER CONTEST

Created: 24 Apr 2012 • Updated: 18 Dec 2012
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To participate in the contest, start surfing the Internet to find the new Norton Secured Seal. 


Once you have located the new seal, tweet the following phrase to qualify for a daily drawing: “I spotted the Norton Secured Seal at (insert publicly-accessible URL) #SpotTheCheck” hash tag in less than 140 English characters.

Entrants will be entered into a random drawing each day for a seven day period to win a $100 gift card to 

Full contest rules are below.






The “SPOT THE CHECK” TWITTER CONTEST (the "Contest") is sponsored by Symantec Corporation (the "Sponsor"), 350 Ellis Street, Mountain View, California, 94043, U.S.A. The Contest begins on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 12:00am Pacific Time and ends May 2, 2012 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (the "Contest Period").



This Contest is open to legal residents of one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia or Canada, (excluding the Province of Quebec), who have reach the age of majority in their state or province/territory of residence as of April 25, 2012. Persons in any of the following categories are NOT eligible to enter, participate in, or win the Contest: (a) persons who on or after April 25, 2012 were or are officers, directors or employees of Symantec Corporation, or any of their respective parent, subsidiary, or affiliated companies, or service agencies, or independent contractors of any of the above organizations; (b) individuals engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for the Contest (collectively with Sponsor, and the entities specified in (a) above, the "Promotion Entities"); and (b) persons who are immediate family members (defined as spouse or biological or step- mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, or son and each of their respective spouses) of any person in any of the preceding categories, regardless of where they live, and/or individuals who reside in the same household, whether related or not, as any person in any of the preceding categories. Any questions and/or issues concerning eligibility shall be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Void in Guam, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.  Employees of government agencies are not eligible to participate.


You must have a valid Twitter account in order to participate.  You can enter the Contest by following these steps during the Contest Period:

  • Your Entry must be submitted via Twitter using the following phrase to qualify “I spotted the Norton Secured Seal at (insert publicly-accessible URL) #SpotTheCheck.”
  • Your Entry must include a publicly-accessible URL.
  • Your Entry must be in English.
  • Your Entry must include the #SpotTheCheck hashtag.
  • Your Entry must be no longer than 140 characters.
  • Entrants may only enter one (1) URL per day as they “spot” the new Norton Secured Seal.
  • Entrants may only win once per Twitter handle.
  • If an entrant does not win, they may re-enter the URL’s the following days during the length of the Contest.
  • Your Entry must not violate any right of a third party including, but not limited to: copyright, trademark, any other intellectual property right, and right of publicity. Please do not include the name of any company or product produced by a manufacturer other than Symantec.
  • Your Entry must be original, unpublished, your sole property, and not previously submitted in any other contest.
  • Your Entry must not include unsuitable content or depict or incorporate: unsafe behavior or situations; obscenity; disparagement of any product or person; or other offensive conduct or material, or otherwise include inappropriate content.

By submitting an Entry you agree that Sponsor has the unrestricted right to: use your Entry in whole or in part, commercially or non-commercially, in any media known or unknown, in perpetuity, worldwide, including the right to publish and display the Entry for advertising and publicity, and to edit and make derivative works, all without additional review or compensation. Additionally you agree that Sponsor may post your Entry (including your name) on its Web site(s) and/or its Web pages on third-party sites. You agree that by submitting this Entry, you relinquish all rights, as outlined herein, and the Entry, its characters and content becomes the property of Sponsor.

Duplicate entries and/or other mechanical reproductions of entries are not permitted. Illegible or incomplete entries will be disqualified.

Your entry may be disqualified, at the sole discretion of Sponsor if you attempt to enter through any means other than by online submission, if you disrupt the Contest or circumvent the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, or violate the Twitter Terms of Service or Twitter Rules, which govern the use of Twitter. If any of the above occurs, Sponsor has the right to remedy any such action, disruption, or circumvention in a manner to be solely determined by Sponsor.


A winner will be selected by a random drawing conducted each day from among all eligible entries received during the Drawing Period.

The random drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, whose decisions shall be final on all drawing matters. The odds of winning a prize in the Drawing depend on the number of eligible entries received. All prizes will be awarded. Winners will be notified by Sponsor via Twitter. Winners will be required to provide a shipping address in order to receive prize. 

Those that receive prizes for entry while supplies last may also be required to provide proof that they have met the requirements for entry set forth in these Rules.

Sponsor may require winners and participants to provide proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to participate in the Drawing. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to the Twitter account by Twitter Inc.

Each winner will receive a US$100 gift card.  The total approximate value of all prizes awarded under the Contest is US$700. Limit one prize per person or Twitter handle.  Prizes are not transferable, exchangeable, or redeemable for cash.  No prize substitution is allowed, except Sponsor may substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value in the event that the prize becomes unavailable or at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Winners are solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes.  Any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are Winners’ sole responsibility.  All details and other restrictions of prizes not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

In order to be named a Winner, each potential winner must complete an affidavit of eligibility and liability release indicating: (i) acceptance of, and agreement to abide by these Official Rules; (ii) agreement to waive any legal claims against and to release Sponsor, the Promotion Entities, and their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees and shareholders from any and all liability, loss, or damage arising from entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s acceptance, possession, or use of a prize awarded through the Contest, including, but not limited to, claims for product liability, personal injury, breach of contract, and negligence; (iii) confirmation that entrant meets and will abide by all eligibility requirements where applicable; and (iv) (optional and only where permitted by law) consent to the use of entrant’s name, image, likeness, and related personal information for use in publicity materials related to the Contest and/or Sponsor and Sponsor’s products and services.  Failure to agree to the required portions of the affidavit of eligibility, waiver of liability, and where permitted by law, a publicity release within ten (10) days of notification, will constitute forfeiture of the prize, and a substitute winner may be selected.

Sponsor will make two attempts to contact each Winner. If Sponsor is unable to contact a potential Winner, an alternate winner may be chosen.  Sponsor shall have no liability for any Winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential Winner for any reason.  If the number of valid prize claims received for any prize is greater than the number to be awarded under the Contest as set forth above, all eligible claims for such prize will be combined in a random drawing to award the number of such prize as set forth above.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the affected entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email account used to enter the prize drawing.  "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the email address.  A potential Winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential Winner is the authorized holder of the associated email account.  If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible to win a prize but these Official Rules will otherwise continue to govern the affected entry.

If a potential Prize Winner is a Canadian resident, then he/she must answer correctly without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered either by mail or electronically, before being awarded a Prize.  If a selected potential Prize Winner fails to correctly answer the question, he/she will be disqualified and another Entrant may be chosen from among all of the eligible Entrants at random in a drawing as a potential winner.


AS AN ENTRANT IN THIS CONTEST, YOU AGREE THAT Sponsor, Administrator, Twitter, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and production agencies and providers, and their respective officers, directors or employees (collectively, the “Released Parties”), shall not be responsible or liable for ANY LOSSES, DAMAGES OR INJURIES OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY, OR FROM YOUR ACCEPTANCE, RECEIPT, POSSESSION AND/OR USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZE(S), AND (B) HAVE MADE ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIZE(S), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TO SUCH PRIZE’S QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to your computer system which is occasioned by participation in the Contest, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen, or intercepted Contest entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites (including the Contest Website), or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected tweets, or computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.  Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  In the event Sponsor is prevented from awarding prize(s) or continuing with the Contest as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis (e.g. SARS), order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest.  These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor.

Entrants specifically release Twitter from any and all liability associated with this Contest.

By entering the Contest, you agree: (i) to be bound by these Official Rules and by all applicable laws and decisions of Sponsor and Administrator which shall be binding and final; (ii) to waive any rights to claim ambiguity with respect to these Official Rules; (iii) to waive all of rights to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against Twitter or any and all of the Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes; and (iv) to forever and irrevocably agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Twitter and any and all of the Released Parties from any and all claims, lawsuits, judgments, causes of action, proceedings, demands, fines, penalties, liability costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) that may arise in connection with this Contest.

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

This Contest is governed under the laws of the State of California. Except where prohibited, in the event that any dispute arises regarding the meaning or interpretation of these Official Rules and/or this Contest, participants agree that the dispute shall be resolved by applying the laws of the State of California and that it shall be resolved within and by the federal or state courts located in Santa Clara County, California, USA.


All Contest entrants agree that their personal data, especially name, email address and telephone number, may be processed, stored and otherwise used in the United States for the purposes and within the context of the Contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy posted at  Entrants further agree that the data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to check entrants’ identity, their email address and telephone number, or to otherwise verify their eligibility to participate in the Contest.