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hrafndot
Old 26-09-2006, 12:34 PM
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I think that if you did this forum and, for instance, Loquax, you would have a full time job. I think we all know the sites to steer clear of, from all of our joint experiences with MyOffers etc etc

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Old 11-10-2006, 2:17 PM
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hello
I recd one of these letters 2day from them with exactly the same heading
and also decided to have a quick peek at the website before ringing to authenticate my claim and as soon as I hit the homepage they were offerring
special membership deal online for £2950., exactly the value of the prize I had supposedly won. I then read on and realised that I would also have to pay £300 odd a year and flights and also a maintenance fee each year in line with infalation. I then left their website and went onto my offers website where I had entered the competition and looked back at the competitions I had entered and this was not listed as a competition that I had entered.
I definately had my doubts by now and my joy had turned to sorrow as it would have been nice, but hey thats life and then I found this website by chance and am glad I did as it seems I was not the only one to be initially taken in. Thankyou for the information and I will definately we visiting here in the future as very informative.
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Old 11-10-2006, 6:02 PM
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Thumbs down Getmeaticket.co.uk - a warning

Dear All, please excuse my novice posting skills but I wanted to delurk to let you know that I was contacted today by a rep from Getmeaticket.co.uk who told me I had won the runners up prize in their recent Caribbean holiday competition and gave me a winners code and freephone number to call.
As I did enter the competition and he had all my email details etc, I checked the MSE forums for adverse comments.
When the site appeared to be legit I nearly told my kids so that we could have a whoop and a jump up and down in the kitchen but fortunately decided to try phoning the freephone number first.
Having got through, it turns out to be a SCAM - it is a dodgy timeshare sellers using the oldest trick in the book - come to a free presentation to claim your free holiday.
I was so irritated that when the guy from getmeaticket rang back to ask ' how I got on' I enjoyed myself telling him exactly what a sleazeball he was and how despicable it is that his company are using a competition website to try and con people.
Grrrrrrrrr! People like this make me want to chew the carpet!
Phew! Thanks to all of you for letting me get that off my chest.......
Keep up the good work and big congrats to any of you who win prizes from genuine companies. Best wishes from Jandy (feeling slightly bamboozled - do they have a smiley icon for that one?)
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Old 11-10-2006, 6:05 PM
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I'm sorry that you've had a bad experience, Jandy. You will win something good, I am sure.

In mu personal opinion, I tend to steer clear from getmeaticket, !!!!!!!, myoffers and that general sort of site.

There are good ones out there, but these aren't IMO

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Old 11-10-2006, 7:17 PM
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Can you re-post this in "I won I won" competition scams sticky please?
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Old 12-10-2006, 9:10 AM
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Gutted! Just got a recorded delivery letter saying I'd won a prize worth £2950 (sound familiar?) in the getmeaticket/Seasons grand prize draw. Mum's birthday today so perfect!!

But I was suspicious...why?...cos I only entered the competition late last week!!! A quick search around MSE soon burst my happy little bubble...

Thanks for the info everyone and well done those who won genuine prizes.
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Old 12-10-2006, 1:22 PM
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Default Same here

I got a call from someone this week saying it was a runner up prize, a holiday for 4 to Spain from !!!!!!!. Same story, it wasnt posted on here, I dont remember entering it and its a timeshare scam. A shame that these kind of companies take advantage of people.
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Old 17-10-2006, 6:43 PM
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I've just received a call from CLC holidays saying I had won runner up prize on my offers competition, 1st prize was Carribean holiday, bet you can't guess what my prize was? Funny thing is I NEVER enter holiday competitions!
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Old 20-10-2006, 10:39 PM
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hello everyone. im new to MSE and thought i would share my experience of a scam competition(ive had a few, but this one really stuck in my mind even though it was a few years ago)
anyways- i recieved a phonecall from a nice sounding woman saying that i had won a holiday for 6 to walt disney world to take part in some event or other. i was quite sceptical cos i couldnt remember entering any competition but decided to hear her out. she went on about all the things/tickets that were included then the rest of the conversation went like this;
woman;we just need to verify that you are ****(my name)
me; sure what do you need to know?
woman; we need the details of your visa card that was used to enter the competition
me; but i dont have a visa card
woman(quite aggressively); i assure you ms. **** that you do because this competition is run by visa exclusively for their card holders
me; i assure you madam that i dont because im only 16 therefore i legally cant hold a visa or any other credit card

at that point the line went dead.
so if anyone gets a call sounding something like this- hang up!!!
they obviously dont do their homework on the people they are trying to scam!
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Old 21-10-2006, 2:23 PM
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great work!!! This is the nastiest kind of scam I've heard of for a while, a bit like "phishing" by phone. Very scarey!!!
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Old 27-10-2006, 7:25 AM
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here is a comp to win a portrait by the amazing Simon Butler
I'm sure you all remember him from the last comp he ran where EVERYONE "won" a discount voucher from him and then he got really shirty with those of us who questioned it...

DO NOT ENTER this comp!!!!

http://www.periodliving.co.uk/Compet...0-1f2a509cb289

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Old 27-10-2006, 9:40 AM
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Morning Annie,
Did you by any chance happen to notice the ad above this comp.....for Thomas CRAPPER &Co Ltd!!!!
Appropriate dont you think lol
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Old 27-10-2006, 9:44 AM
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Originally Posted by AnnieH
and then he got really shirty with those of us who questioned it...
What happened?!?!

I entered and "won" a voucher but didn't bother because I thought that everyone would win one.

Did everyone e-mail him then? What did he say?!?

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Old 27-10-2006, 9:55 AM
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LOL, I got one of his emails telling me I was a lucky runner-up. Then came on here and found out that all 10 of his runners-up seemed to be on here!

I also want to know what he said - didn't realise anyone had emailed him

what a con
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Old 27-10-2006, 10:06 AM
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It's all on this thread here

I think there was also a thread on Loquax about it too. It's a joke. The guy should be done as I'm sure he must be breaking some kind of rules.

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Old 27-10-2006, 10:40 AM
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Just been reading the thread - thats awful behaviour of him! Someone should tell period living that they are helping him con people!!
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Old 28-10-2006, 4:17 AM
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Hi,

I just emailed period living stating my concerns - what can I say I'm obviously addicted to getting stroppy emails.

Text reproduced below.

Hello,



I am writing to you to express my concern at one of the competitions being run on your site ;



http://www.periodliving.co.uk/Compet...0-1f2a509cb289





The reason for my concern is the behaviour exhibited by the creator of the prize in several previous competitions he has run.

These range from his deceptive (and possibly illegal under the latest government computer usage legislation) use of the harvested emails from the competition not to mention the small matter of his prices apparently jumping by a factor of ten between the competitions (£250 in one yet £2500 in an other using the same portraits and sizes).



Details of this can be found in the following forum thread;



http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....html?t=271540





In the above thread I have posted under the username “dr del”. While I personally feel any association with this individual could reflect badly upon your publication I realise this is, of course, only one person’s opinion and would be grateful if you choose to share your thoughts upon this matter with me.





Yours sincerely,



Wonder if they will even bother to reply.


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Old 28-10-2006, 8:25 AM
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Nice one Dr Del, I wonder wjat they'll have to say about that Keep us psted won't you?

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Old 28-10-2006, 9:17 AM
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Thanks for letting us know AnnieH, it's good to look out for one another



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Old 28-10-2006, 9:50 AM
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Unbelievable. This company is so unprofessional.

I wonder what the paintings are like and whether they are just produced from a computer. Their attitude would certainly lead me to believe this!!

Thanks for the warning.
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