Amazon Finds It’s Hard to Run a Real Sweepstakes in the Robocall Era

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By Brad Stone

Early this month, while I was waiting in line for coffee at the San Francisco International Airport, I got a strange call on my cell phone from someone claiming to work at the very company I was about to visit in Seattle. “Hi, this is Max from Amazon Whole Foods,” said the cheerful voice.

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