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Old 01-25-2012, 11:25 AM
ralph124c ralph124c is offline
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I Hvae Received a "CodeKase" LCD Display In My Mailbox-What To Do?

It is a plastic oval, with a window that displays a 7 digit number.
If you Google ColdKase, you find that it is a direct mail communications company.
But no clue as to the function of this thing in my mailbox.
Does it allow me to enter a lottery?
There was nothing with it, explaining what it is all about.
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:12 PM
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There was nothing with it, explaining what it is all about.
Then I'm going to have to say that someone screwed up.

From their web site:
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Use CodeKase™ to instruct recipients that they may have won a prize! Drive traffic on a specific date to your store, dealership, casino or other store front to see if their 7 digit code matches the winning code.
Without telling you where to go, I don't see much use in it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:05 PM
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It's a trap!
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:17 AM
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I think I just found a use for all those broken SecurID tokens.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:47 AM
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Moved Cafe Society --> MPSIMS.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:56 AM
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Seems like the stupidest, most over-engineered way possible of sending someone a hidden seven digit number. What does this do that a scratchcard can't?
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:57 AM
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And I love that the 'How It Works' page of the site says nothing at all about... you know... how it works.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:15 AM
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It was loose, in your mailbox, not in an envelope? It's common internet knowledge (i.e., may or may not be true) that it's illegal to put non-mail in a mailbox. Let your postmaster know.

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:43 AM
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It's spies.

It's always spies.

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Old 01-26-2012, 11:23 AM
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It's spies.

It's always spies.
But it is never, ever, lupus.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:31 AM
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It might be a terrorist bomb -- report them to Homeland Security -- perhaps they will be rendited or waterboarded or whatever it is that is done to terrorists that instead should be done to junk mailers and telemarketers.

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Old 07-14-2012, 05:47 PM
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The thing is nothing more than an LED and two batteries. The number printed on the 'screen' is the same on every single one, of course, so is the number on the card the thing should have been attached to, and the scratchoff. They're not gonna pay for unique numbers, that would cost too much to print.

See one gutted;
http://imgur.com/a/5YPHL
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:51 AM
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The thing is nothing more than an LED and two batteries. The number printed on the 'screen' is the same on every single one, of course, so is the number on the card the thing should have been attached to, and the scratchoff. They're not gonna pay for unique numbers, that would cost too much to print.

See one gutted;
http://imgur.com/a/5YPHL
If you can remove the batteries they might be of some use in other devices, however, it looks like they might be welded onto the wires.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:06 AM
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It might be a terrorist bomb -- report them to Homeland Security -- perhaps they will be rendited or waterboarded or whatever it is that is done to terrorists that instead should be done to junk mailers and telemarketers.
Report it to Boston PD. They freaked out over a Lite Brite.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:04 PM
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Report it to Boston PD. They freaked out over a Lite Brite.
Well, they really wanted a Vertibird for Xmas instead...
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:57 PM
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Seems like the stupidest, most over-engineered way possible of sending someone a hidden seven digit number. What does this do that a scratchcard can't?
This. At least the CueCat did something...
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:08 PM
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Seems like the stupidest, most over-engineered way possible of sending someone a hidden seven digit number. What does this do that a scratchcard can't?
It has "perceived value."

At least, for morons who don't recognize what it really is.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:32 PM
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Then I'm going to have to say that someone screwed up.
To be fair, nothing coming with it is a scenario covered by their "what to do" section:

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Step One: Pull the tab on CodeKase™

Please make sure to keep the attached mailpiece (if not attached to a mailpiece please skip to Step Five).

Step Five: Recycle Your CodeKase™

Please recycle CodeKase™ and the attached mailer.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:15 PM
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This. At least the CueCat did something...
Still does. I have one that I use to scan ISBNs into Readerware. (Well, I haven't in a while, but someday, once more .. it'd be nice to get out of the Cs.)
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:25 PM
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The thing is nothing more than an LED and two batteries. The number printed on the 'screen' is the same on every single one, of course, so is the number on the card the thing should have been attached to, and the scratchoff. They're not gonna pay for unique numbers, that would cost too much to print.

See one gutted;
http://imgur.com/a/5YPHL
Not true. There are unique numbers and someone just won $10,000 from getting one in the mail.

See story here: http://codekase.com/in-news/
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:04 PM
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Not true. There are unique numbers and someone just won $10,000 from getting one in the mail.

See story here: http://codekase.com/in-news/
Well, of course there's going to one number that is different, or else the pretense of it being a contest would be lost. But it is cheaper just to give everyone else the same number.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:59 PM
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The ones I've seen lately have been glued to ads for auto dealers. Probably it just fell off.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:54 PM
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7 digit?

Yes, I have also received a CodeKase in the mail. It's just as you described: black oval with a code inside. But instead of having a 7-digit code inside, mine only has six. This puzzles me.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:16 PM
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And I love that the 'How It Works' page of the site says nothing at all about... you know... how it works.
Not in the least bit surprising.
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