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divadee
Old 28-03-2006, 12:42 PM
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Default Competition Scams - Please Post Them Here

Unfortunately there are a lot of scam competitions about these days, one of the top ones being you have won a holiday and pay this admin fee to get it. 99.9% of the time you pay your money and never get your holiday.

Due to popular demand This thread has been created so all scams can be posted here, so hopefully no MSE'rs will get caught out and lose any money!!

One word of warning for you all. If you win a competition you should never have to pay for anything to get the prize ie. admin fee etc.....



This thread is only for competition scams. Any other warnings or rip offs should be placed here

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Old 28-03-2006, 7:09 PM
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Default Amante Art Scam

I have just been hit by a particularly nasty competition scam/phoney award. I have seen a lot, but this had an element of credibility which fooled me and raised my hopes since I could really do with the prize at the moment.

I received a letter from a Canadian Co called Amante Art of Montreal Canada. It gave a freephone no. to ring (at was 0800 so I assume it was freephone). I spoke to a Canadian sounding man who gave me a looooong spiel (he did offer to call me back so he has also got my phone no). He then gave a talk on tax being due, which I know should be shouldered by the promoter. Basically he said I had won a number of things and if I was prepared to display one of their paintings they could invoice me for the paintings and the tax loophole meant that I would get the two cash prizes free of tax. He said that I had won anyway, but there was an element of choice so I had to listen further.

The minute he mentioned an invoice, in the sum of 450 I stopped the conversation etc.

What worries me is the intricacy of the conversation he managed to weave during a conversation in which you would be thinking that you had won a significant prize (i.e. a cruise to the Bahamas) so your guard would not be up so much, since you were also looking at a printed letterhead FREEFOND NUMBER and an envelope from Canada He did ask me why I didn't sound excited!!!!

Basically this character has obtained information (in some way) from a company that has run an internet competition (I know that because I use a distinctive bit of information on internet entries). This bit of information was typed on the envelope and letter that was mailed to me in what I am convinved was an attempt to defraud.


thanks Hrafndot, meanwhile be warned!!
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Old 31-03-2006, 4:14 PM
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Default two more scams

Compass Global Warehousing and Delivery

A sealed insured envlelope containing your prize of 3,920 is awaiting you at our office

These are vouchers, and they charge you an 8.00 fee.

Grande Prix Awards

Car or 11,000. Send tiebreaker to a Praed Street Paddington address TOGETHER WITH the 9.99 processing fee (IF THEY ARE GIVING YOU A CAR, WHY ARE THEY BEING SUCH SKINFLINTS ABOUT THE AWARD PROCESSING?
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Old 10-04-2006, 9:19 PM
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Thumbs down i won a holiday not BEWARE

i had a phone call today from mutual.com (who ever they are ) saying i had won a holiday through a competition i enter a couple of month ago , they gave me a security code and a free phone number to ring and claim my prize .
me being very sinicle was like yeh what ever , but with it being a free phone number i rang it any way , and apparently i had won a holiday for four to tenirefe to be taken within the next 18 months
(altho sinicle im still listening at this point )
and for ringing straight away i also got bonus vouchers for m&s .
she started to ask me details of my address so she could send out the paper work and confirmation
and im still going along with it up to the point were she said
"all we need is your credit card number as there is a booking fee of 49.99 per person , that is needed straight away "



i just laughed and put the phone down i mean do they really think that im going to give a stranger phone credit card details over the phone just because they say i have won a competition .
thing is someone might fall for it so please everyone
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:14 AM
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Default Warning

If like me you do not keep a record of freebies and competitions sent for, the following information may save you some money. Sorry if this is posted in the wrong place.

Important Police Information

If you receive a card through your door from a compamny called PDS (parcel delivery service) saying they have a parcel awaiting delivery instructions and give you a contact number 0906 6611911.

Do not call this number, it is a mail scam, if you do hear a recorded message then you willbe billed. This particular service referred to used a recorded message which lasted a maximum of 6 minutes - making the total cost £9



http://www.hertschamber.com/news/full.html?id=211

Everyone must be on guard against scams, but seniors can be more vulnerable to fraud. Some seniors are trusting and willing to believe what people tell them. Many crooks—and even friends and family members—take advantage of the good nature of seniors to cheat them.
Seniors aged 60 and older account for about 15 percent of the U.S. population, yet according to some estimates they comprise 30 percent of fraud victims.

If you have Elderly parents, here is a useful link that lists a lot of the scams targeting the elderly: http://www.consumer-action.org/archi...cams/index.php

This is an American site so all the information may not be relevant but most of the scams are.

UK site http://www.seniorsnetwork.co.uk/scams/scams3.htm
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Old 16-05-2006, 12:19 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SCREAMIN_BABIES
i had a phone call today from mutual.com (who ever they are ) saying i had won a holiday through a competition i enter a couple of month ago , they gave me a security code and a free phone number to ring and claim my prize .
me being very sinicle was like yeh what ever , but with it being a free phone number i rang it any way , and apparently i had won a holiday for four to tenirefe to be taken within the next 18 months
(altho sinicle im still listening at this point )
and for ringing straight away i also got bonus vouchers for m&s .
she started to ask me details of my address so she could send out the paper work and confirmation
and im still going along with it up to the point were she said
"all we need is your credit card number as there is a booking fee of 49.99 per person , that is needed straight away "
i just laughed and put the phone down i mean do they really think that im going to give a stranger phone credit card details over the phone just because they say i have won a competition .
thing is someone might fall for it so please everyone
BEWARE
I've just received a call from the same people.
The number they ask you to ring is 0800 652 6566
They got my details from Mutualpoints.com.
I played along and the guy was sounding more and more excited as the conversation continued (Probably thinking of the commission he's going to get.....NOT! lol.
I got told if I ring in the next 30 minutes I would also receive 75 of theatre tickets.
I Googled the number and it came up with this:
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/forums/0,3903...048741o,00.htm
It's basically a timeshare scam.
So if you receive a call asking you to ring the above number it's definitely a scam.

I do always listen to any calls stating I've won a holiday though because I did once win a holiday for 2 to Las Vegas from a comp I entered on AOL
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Old 28-05-2006, 9:11 PM
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Talking Postal Scams

I receive 3 or 4 letters a day, telling me I have won 20,000 or more, all I have to do is send a judging fee or processing fee.
I always send them back, and write on the forms deduct all fees from amount due and send cheque.
I then post them without a stamp, so they have to pay at the other end.
Whether this helps or not I do not know.
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Old 07-06-2006, 2:33 PM
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I've just received a phonecall saying Congratulations, telling me that I've won a luxury holiday for 4 people to Spain or Tenerife. All I have to do is phone the number they gave me (0871 2228028) and give them the reference number I was given.

As I do competitions regularly and have won several holidays, this made me suspicious, as it is normal to get a phone call (or an email or letter) informing you of the win, but I've never then been given another number to phone.

I checked out the number on www.saynoto0870.com and found that there was an article linked to it about the company, high pressure timeshare sales. I phoned the landline number I got from sayno but they refused to answer any questions and insisted I phoned the 0871 number.

I had already made my mind up that this was a definite scam but thought I would go along with it to see what they said. I phoned the 0871 number and was told again that I had won a luxury holiday for 4 people. She then said I would only have to pay a fee of £78 to cover airport taxes and such. I told her I have won many competitions and won holidays and have never been asked to pay any money out. She then said it wasn't a competition it was a promotion and they had to have this fee.

At that point I told her I am not interested if it means paying any money out. She was very surprised by this, god knows why.

Anyway, just a warning to everyone, the company is Global Vacation & Cruise Travel.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you
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Old 28-06-2006, 5:14 PM
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Have just had a call from Laura regarding a competition I had entered through get me a ticket. The competition was to win a holiday to the Caribbean - said that was strange as although I was entering comps, I was avoiding holidays as these wouldnt be convenient to take at the moment with a small baby!

She said I had won a runners up prize of a week in Costa del Sol or Tenerife and gave me a claim code (is this starting to sound familiar?!!) and a number to call - 08006526566.

Obviously jumped straight on here to see if I could find anything and lo and behold.....

Must admit was slightly excited as it was an 0800 number but still thought it was unlike me to win anything!!

Never mind - keep trying
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:14 PM
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Default Seasons

I am delighted to inform you that you have won a prize to the value of 2950, in last months My Offers/Seasons grand prize draw.

\O/

Then I took a look round their website. http://www.seasonsholidays.com/
All looks very pretty,,,, eiii ? I have to Pay an annual maintenance fee of 322 for a One bed apart, for ONE week a YEAR - Plus a 20 booking fee. {plus flights etc}

Off to google :
http://www.holidaytruths.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=57346
http://www.crimeshare.net/94.html [Is worth a looksie around this site, theyv'e got a Black list of companies & a winge section]

Letter is off to the shredder, ah well.
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Old 26-07-2006, 3:21 PM
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Got a call from these guys today
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Old 14-08-2006, 1:49 PM
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Thumbs down winning with season holidays

I WON well not quite but got free membership of seasons holiday timeshare scheme through myoffers. I entered comp for a free holiday not a timeshare and u can see they give away memberships like confetti in the hope of management fees from people keeps the money coming in one way or the other. I DO HOPE PEOPLE STEER WELL CLEAR OF THESE PEOPLE UNLESS U WANT TO PAY MANAGEMENT FEES FOR THE REST OF UR LIFE!!
shame no one ever gets the free holiday the comp was for!
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We signed up with Seasons a few years ago because someone at work was a member and said she and her husband had never had any problems. That was true enough but she hadn't told us about the extremely hard sell that we were confronted with and the huge yearly management fee.
Now we are are older and wiser:rolleyes: . Learning a lot of lifes lessons the hard way!

We never got our 'free holiday' either.
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Old 24-08-2006, 11:22 AM
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Seasons holidays. I received a recorded delivery letter from them this morning to tell me i had won a prize worth £2950. I got all excited and checked out the website, read the small print,became suspicious and then looked on MSE to see if anyone else had experiences of them. Lots of you have. Oh well it was exciting for a few minutes at least! Thanks for all the warnings it saved me the hard sell and the phone call! As you say, if it was a prize surely it wouldnt cost you £350 a year!!?
What on earth is Linda Robson doing on the site? She must have got free membership too for allowing them to put her face on the site!
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Old 06-09-2006, 4:05 AM
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What's worrying is how these people get our details from mutualpoints and My offers in the first place. Do mutual points and other cashback/competition sites just hand out our information indiscriminately??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by starray
What's worrying is how these people get our details from mutualpoints and My offers in the first place. Do mutual points and other cashback/competition sites just hand out our information indiscriminately??
YES!!!

they sold (i assume they sold it to make more money) my details to a company book company who called me 5 times in one day, and also to readers digest, who sent 3 invoices for 40 a year, i called them up and said id never subscribed and the guy said dont worry, its canceled, i didnt even need to convince him, took about 2 mins to sort it out!
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Old 20-09-2006, 5:11 PM
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Thanks for the warning guys! Guess what in the last week I have received a recorded delivery letter telling me that I have won a prize worth 2950 and have only a few minutes ago got a phone call telling me I had won a consolation prize for a holiday to tenerife or spain. Got straight on here to find I am not alone! Do they think we are daft?
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Old 26-09-2006, 10:45 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TraceyB
Have just had a call from Laura regarding a competition I had entered through get me a ticket. The competition was to win a holiday to the Caribbean - said that was strange as although I was entering comps, I was avoiding holidays as these wouldnt be convenient to take at the moment with a small baby!

She said I had won a runners up prize of a week in Costa del Sol or Tenerife and gave me a claim code (is this starting to sound familiar?!!) and a number to call - 08006526566.

Obviously jumped straight on here to see if I could find anything and lo and behold.....

Must admit was slightly excited as it was an 0800 number but still thought it was unlike me to win anything!!

Never mind - keep trying
They are still at it.
My competition entry was apparently back in August (12th) and I've been offered a self catering holiday for 4. Not even going to call the free phone number.
Not going to bother with holiday comps (or any web sites that specialise in comps) anymore - more hassle than they're worth!
Thanks guys
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Old 26-09-2006, 11:40 AM
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Default dont give up - be very discriminating

I have just returned from a holiday I won in San Francisco (2 weeks) which was stunning. I flew UNDER the Golden Gate in a helicopter and saw the Yosemite National Park and the redwoods. I wouldn't have experienced all this if I didn't enter competitions.
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Sorry - rushed my last response. I'll still be trying the comps but I think I'll stick with those that are directly through the travel companies / magazines / tv channels / tv programmes. I've been hassled by phones calls since trying a few competitions on the sites set up as "Competition" sites.
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