British Breakaway holidays

We have been advised we are runners up in a holiday competition in second place in an Instagram competition we entered last week. We have won two nights in a four star hotel but the voice mail we received says we have to pay and pre book breakfast now. Is this a scam?
November 2010 - a Jamie Oliver book
December 2010 - a pair of earrings. A silk scarf - both on the daily Spin to Win competition.
Animated snow leopard and Meerkat Manor goodie bag from Discovery TV
£10 in local photo contest
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  • JamboDP
    JamboDP Posts: 41,273 Forumite
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    If I had won a comp for a holiday and had to pay up front for food I would tell them where to shove it.

    I do it just for fun and whatever I win is a bonus
  • dsh1979
    dsh1979 Posts: 165 Forumite
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    I had the same call last week, i told them i wasn't interested as they wanted my money there and then, I've had exactly the same call again today... 
    Oh I do love a good win, Even if its not me winning..
  • Do you mean UK Breakaway holidays?

    https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.ukbreakaways.com
    thanks to all posters

    I've changed my facebook username to NOBODY so when I enter FB comps I press the "Like" button it will say NOBODY likes this
  • Deb2008
    Deb2008 Posts: 1,215 Forumite
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    I had the same some months back, never took them up on it, I am not paying for a so called competition win!
    The breakfast were £17.99 per person each day ..
    That would of cost us the best part of £75........not a comp win really when you look at it that way!
    2011 & 2012 - Many Fantastic Prizes - thank you to all posters 2021 7 small prizes 2022 1 small clever pots win2023 £50 Yours Mag 2024 £100 Thats Life, book win, Thats Life Crime
  • Quod
    Quod Posts: 341 Forumite
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    I had the same today, however I’m not sure I entered a competition on Instagram? Can anyone remember entering a competition? Thx
  • priorslee
    priorslee Posts: 3,159 Forumite
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    This highlights an interesting quirk of how TrustPilot operates.

    There are 7 reviews posted, all with 1*, but this gives a rating of 2.3!

    According to their help page:
    "We use a Bayesian average in the calculation, to make sure that a business with fewer reviews starts off with a balanced TrustScore. This means that we automatically include the value of 7 reviews worth 3.5 stars each in all TrustScore calculations. As a business collects more reviews, this becomes a smaller factor in the calculation."

    "Bayesian" isn't the word beginning with B that I'd use for their method!!
     
  • Quod said:
    I had the same today, however I’m not sure I entered a competition on Instagram? Can anyone remember entering a competition? Thx
    I had a call and told them to email me because I was busy. It didn't tell them my email address but they already knew it. I guess I must have entered my email address and mobile number with them somewhere! Since paying to have a prize is not really a prize I haven't taken them up on their 'kind' offer of a runners up prize! 
  • tigger462
    tigger462 Posts: 117 Forumite
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    I've just had this voicemail! My phone blocked the call as suspected spam. Yeah I'm not feeling paying for breakfast as part of a "runner up prize". Did anyone do it?
    Back to Comping 2022!
    Wins:
    Jan 22: Lawn Feed/Vegetable Seeds, Uncle Ben's Rice, Sculpted by Aimee Mascara
    Feb 22: Rainbow Lab & Nature Lab kits, Decode 3-in-1 Makeup Remover, Furthermoore early proof copy, a Furthermoor chocolate bar and a gold foil print, Hollywood Bowl VIP Pass for 6, Drinkmate, World Book Day Book.
    March 22: Kindle EBook, Whiskey at Home set, Motorpoint Rugby Ball, Shame of Life Cards (IWin), Jameson Set.
    August 22: Years supply CeraVe Products
  • LyndaP
    LyndaP Posts: 80 Forumite
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    I got a call today. I can’t work out how they profit apart from the breakfast being expensive. Would love to know if anyone took them up on this. 
  • jeffy22
    jeffy22 Posts: 386 Forumite
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    Also got this call today..  hung up when they started talking about paying for breakfast as i remembered this post.

    Also the background was a super busy call centre. Would a prize winner be called from a call centre?

    Has anyone accepted this?
    sieze the carp
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