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    • Jenjenyeahyeah
    • By Jenjenyeahyeah 12th Apr 18, 1:34 PM
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    I知 new to this - Is this call a scam?
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:34 PM
    I知 new to this - Is this call a scam? 12th Apr 18 at 1:34 PM
    Hi all! I致e only been coming a few weeks, today I got a phone call from 01908 041 550 a company called CLC World I think she said. She said I壇 filled out a survey via InStyle (I could have I don稚 remember) and that is won a holiday excluding flights to Tenerife or costa del sol. Then she confirmed my details (she had my details I didn稚 give her anything) the she said she would transfer me to someone else to discuss in more detail - hold music played for 30 seconds then it disconnected.
    I知 assuming it痴 a scam or something dodgy - but wanted to ask if anyone has heard of them or received calls from them. Thanks guys!
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    • sleepyjones
    • By sleepyjones 12th Apr 18, 1:39 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:39 PM
    InStyle is one of the Mag Dailies, I believe.
    A quick Google of the number brings :

    https://www.shouldianswer.co.uk/phone-number/01908041550

    Which kinda looks like spam ... be sure to check the "Do not contact me" boxes or uncheck them (depending on the wording).

    I don't do the Mag Dailies so can't really comment with any authority.
    *Good Luck * Be Lucky * Stay Lucky*
    • TadleyBaggie
    • By TadleyBaggie 12th Apr 18, 1:42 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:42 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:42 PM
    CLC world peddle timeshares or as they now call them "fractional ownerships". They are just trying to get you to take the holiday so they can pressure you into buying. Maybe not a scam but this type of ownership is not for everyone.
    • Jenjenyeahyeah
    • By Jenjenyeahyeah 12th Apr 18, 1:43 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:43 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:43 PM
    I thought it sounded a bit weird - it!!!8217;s just that she actually said that I had won a holiday - I know I!!!8217;m being optimistic- and I don!!!8217;t want to be silly by getting all excited thinking I!!!8217;ve won something when I!!!8217;m just getting duped! Which is why I thought I!!!8217;d check here first. It!!!8217;s a number local-ish to me and when calling it back just has a recorded message saying to leave a message but then goes dead and so wouldn!!!8217;t allow you to leave a message. And their website doesn!!!8217;t seem to have any contact details that I can find which is a bit weird.
    Shame. I got excited for about a millisecond!
    • One-Eye
    • By One-Eye 12th Apr 18, 1:44 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:44 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:44 PM
    CLC World Resorts & Hotels is a trading name of the promoter: Club La Costa (UK) Plc.

    Please note that we may contact you with (timeshare) holiday offers, which are entirely separate from the Prize Draw and that those offers are subject to attending a presentation.

    CLC/Club La Costa are on the SPAM list - tell them you have no money and to remove you from their marketing list.
    • Jenjenyeahyeah
    • By Jenjenyeahyeah 12th Apr 18, 1:58 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:58 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 1:58 PM
    The person I spoke to didn!!!8217;t mention the word timeshare at all, only said that I!!!8217;d won a holiday (I know I know I!!!8217;m still keeping a bit of hope that I!!!8217;ve really actually won a holiday!). Well they haven!!!8217;t called me back or emailed me, so I guess they!!!8217;re not trying that hard to get hold of me so guess I!!!8217;m going to have to give up the dream lol!
    • LILLYB
    • By LILLYB 15th Apr 18, 6:41 AM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:41 AM
    Is it real
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:41 AM
    Hi,
    I can tell you that CLC are real, they contact you saying congratulations your one of a few selected and you've won a holiday, you may have been asked to go on your computer, they will send you an email, tell you to look at CLC and trip adviser to confirm its legit. They then tell you they have a new premises unveiling and as you have been selected, you will be required to collect your winning tickets, this will take 50 minutes and you will be staying in a hotel overnight all paid for, what they require is 」90 deposit, incase you don't turn up, you get this back once you've attended.

    Now, it's not 50 minutes, it's a good 2-4 hours, depending how gullible you are. The more you openly tell them about your life, the more they talk as if they are your friend and you need this holiday. They then show you a film 2 mins and it boring. They take you back to the table and ask would you rather pay this amount for this luxury accommodation or this pokey bed sit, obviously you say luxury. They then tell you that you can have it at a fraction of a price, you get a few holidays abroad, destination your choice Costa Delhi Solihull or Tenerife, so many weekend holidays all in the price, before you know it there you are filling out paperwork and congratulations you are a member of the club your credit has gone through, your now signed up!!!
    Now, you can't take it in, you have to take your free holiday where they say, mmmmmm they giving you luxury, but that won't be the case when you want to book more. While there you will go through the talk again if you've not signed up. You could be offered a trial THREE YEARS! But only if you sign today, it won't be offered again, now the pressure is on.
    If you've signed, got a few thousand on credit to pay, you go home. You then read every thing and find they never told you that you also pay 」400 a year for fees.

    You have to pay for food and your own flights. If this suits then all is well, but you can book a nice holiday just the same if you save. Be realistic, can you pay for it monthly, plus pay for flights and food, plus as many weekends away as you want ( you have to pay a small fee for these, you read this when you get home)

    Hope it's helped.
    • Dassiekins
    • By Dassiekins 15th Apr 18, 1:24 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 1:24 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 1:24 PM
    Horrible company....made the mistake of letting them get my phone number once and they bombarded me with calls for weeks. Sorry.

    All the genuine wins I've had have either arrived unexpectedly in the mail (including a cheque for 」250, and 」600 of cinema vouchers) or I've had a nice email in advance....

    Lots of luck for a real win soon x
    • Jenjenyeahyeah
    • By Jenjenyeahyeah 18th Apr 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 18th Apr 18, 6:56 PM
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    • 18th Apr 18, 6:56 PM
    Thanks all for your replies. I did a lot of a reading about them and although yeah it seems like there is a way to get a free hotel/villa stay it just doesn!!!8217;t seem worth it with all the admin fees you have to pay (if I win a holiday I want to win t he whole thing and not have to pay admin and processing fees - dodgy!!). And I really wouldn!!!8217;t want to go through the whole hard sell dance with them to get the travel voucher and then once on our holidays. Nope nope!
    • LILLYB
    • By LILLYB 19th Apr 18, 9:37 AM
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    I went through it, hard sell, but they state they don't. Seemed good, so I signed for what they call a 3 year trial. I was reading the details before I signed ' don't bother reading as such and such is going to go through it all with you now,' then he announced your credit has gone through your next payment is..... Wowwwwww Who said get the credit now? So off we went in another room,no, did not go through the contract, so I just wanted out of there. A biscuit and a cup of tea and endured 4 hours, supposed to be 50 mins, so yes hard sell. We arrived home, the next day I read you cannot travel the world on a 3 year trial, just Tenerife or Costa Delhi Solihull, you can only have weekends away at 1 location and we can book it for 」250 what? So they don't say that, they tell you two two week breaks abroad and as many weekends as you want in the UK as long as they are available, they don't actually say its Not in the price. So you don't get every thing unless you sign up for 19 years and you have to pay it over 10 years. If you go with another agency you pay them 」250 on top, then administration fees, your flights, supplements, collect from and to the airport, so I looked at other holidays for the time I wanted to go all inclusive for 4 flights, airport collection and return 」425 each for ELEVEN Days. So we withdrew from the contract with in the 14 days, cancelled the credit they set up with a finance company. We have all copies of letters, phone calls and proof of sending mail tracked and signed for.
    So not worth being in the same complex twice a year for 3 years. They say you have a choice of places to stay, have a look on Google earth, all are next to each other, joined on the same site, they are all residential too.
    • Jojo_ma
    • By Jojo_ma 20th Oct 18, 4:52 PM
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    Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. I’ve just had a horrible first encounter with these people today. My bad for not doing enough research and really thinking I have won a one week holiday plus 」50 voucher all for joining a raffle draw at the cake and bake show.

    They say they will only take 90 minutes of my time for a talk at their newly opened Regent Street branch; but it took more than that. By the 90 minute mark, I was so furious, my partner and I walked out without anything.

    I was trying to tell them to give me all the costs involved and they kept on comparing our past holiday expenses with their packages which only include the annual service fee of around 」700. However there’s also this membership fee (I think 」150++ per month?) and you have to pay with (probably exorbitant) interest rates for 7-8 years - I had to juice this out from them in the middle of their pitch and they wouldn’t give the actual value until they finish their sales pitch. Not to mention that their resorts are in the middle of nowhere so you’d have to take a 30-minute taxi ride. Then you have to pay for food at their expensive restaurants - again, the resort is in the middle of nowhere so you can’t just buy your groceries and cook, or go to town and get some decent local food. They were trying to hide the real cost of their scheme by mentioning it only at the very last minute so you’ll second guess yourself that actually this is worth paying for.

    In the end my partner and I walked out while everyone else were still going on with their sales pitches.
    • Rod_H
    • By Rod_H 14th Jan 19, 4:22 PM
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    Thank you for the useful insight into this company. Received a call earlier today to say my wife, as a result of some sort of draw she'd entered at the Ideal Home Show, was a lucky winner of 7 nights free holiday self catering accommodation at a choice of 4 destinations - Orlando, Costa del Sol, Tenerife or Turkey. All that was required was for us to book our own flights and there would be no other costs. The lady on the phone kept buttering me up, saying how lovely it must be to receive this prize and that I must be 'really excited' by it and how happy she was to convey the news. My first thoughts were that my wife must have entered some kind of prize draw (I wasn't there at the time) and we were the lucky winners.

    I then got passed to another person. However, I thought it a bit odd that, aside from wanting to know if I owned my own home and whether our combined family income was above 」30k (what's that got to do with winning a prize I thought), during the conversation she also said that our names would still go forward into the big prize draw that was coming up soon. That then made me think that the original prize draw entry details had somehow been used as a means of harvesting contact details in order to peddle some other offer, maybe as an inducement to sell something else.

    When I asked for my 'prize winning' to be posted to me, I was told we both had to attend in person at some local venue in Milton Keynes to receive details of the offer , and she pushed hard for me to agree a date, at which point my suspicions were aroused. In order to deflect this I said needed a day or two to sort out a suitable date. During the conversation she said we could see all the wonderful details of the accommodation online at CLCWorld.com. After a quick Google search, I immediately established they are a timeshare company, and the penny immediately dropped! A little more searching brought me to this excellent thread.

    Needless to say, when they ring me again, they will be receiving a very firm, albeit polite, 'no thanks'

    Hope this adds to the picture.

    Rod
    Last edited by Rod_H; 14-01-2019 at 4:24 PM. Reason: typo
    • EllyPS
    • By EllyPS 1st Feb 19, 10:42 AM
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    CLC Travel Club
    My partner and I have just been to the presentation. There was no hard sell. Plenty of coffee and refreshments. The presentation lasted about 2.5 hours rather than 90 minutes, but that was mainly because my partner kept going for vape breaks and reminiscing about past holidays. We had a free night in a hotel and have our holiday voucher for a week in Tenerife. We liked what they were selling but didn稚 want to commit at the moment. The man and lady who dealt with us were really pleasant and didn稚 try to push anything on us!

    Elly
    • Barnsy2012
    • By Barnsy2012 14th Feb 19, 1:34 PM
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    I’ve just received a phone call from CLC and arranged to go the presentation in 2 weeks. I’m glad I have read everyone’s posts to pre warn me what may happen. We are just going there to see.

    Lisa
    • Kikko
    • By Kikko 29th Mar 19, 3:13 PM
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    CLC Travel
    I had a call from them today. They said I won a free holiday for two for a week. They persuaded me to go and have the presentation at their centre plus free night accommodation. 」90 refundable deposit which is given back only if you attend the presentation. I called them to cancel after reading all these reviews. They said they will not refund me unless I go and attend the presentation. Sounds like big scam. Avoid!!!
    • Budhojosh
    • By Budhojosh 4th Apr 19, 7:57 AM
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    Hi thanks, that was the only positive response.
    Did you get your deposit back? ( silly me, i have just paid mine). Thanks
    My partner and I have just been to the presentation. There was no hard sell. Plenty of coffee and refreshments. The presentation lasted about 2.5 hours rather than 90 minutes, but that was mainly because my partner kept going for vape breaks and reminiscing about past holidays. We had a free night in a hotel and have our holiday voucher for a week in Tenerife. We liked what they were selling but didn稚 want to commit at the moment. The man and lady who dealt with us were really pleasant and didn稚 try to push anything on us!

    Elly
    Originally posted by EllyPS
    • nototentsdirect
    • By nototentsdirect 5th Apr 19, 4:02 PM
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    fake
    Hi thanks, that was the only positive response.
    Did you get your deposit back? ( silly me, i have just paid mine). Thanks
    Originally posted by Budhojosh
    that ellyps looks like a fake post. probably written by the company. no other posts except for that one by a newbie who joined to post that it looks like
    • Tubbss
    • By Tubbss 5th Apr 19, 6:56 PM
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    top tip - don't fill in any questionnaires in the departure lounge when flying home - thats where these vultures circle once they announce your flight home - thats how they know they will (most likely) be speaking to Brits going home.
    • priscipessina
    • By priscipessina 17th Apr 19, 10:24 PM
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    Hi, i went on a "free" holiday with them 2 years ago and I am booked again for half term in may.

    What people are saying here is all true. They cant sell you their 19 years plan in the presentation in the UK as it is illegal here hence why they have this easy package of 3 years that sounds too good to be true (and it is )

    2 years ago i didnt go to the presentation in London , they asked few questions on the phone and off we went to Tenerife for a week - we had the hard sell, the visit of other complex etc... but we said no we dont have the finance and after few hours they finally let us go

    this year,we went to Regent street, almost got fooled by the 3 years deal, went back home, made some quick calculations and comparasion and cancelled right away. They still refunded our deposit, we still got our amazon vouchers and we still have our week in May (this time we choose Costa Del Sol) and we had to pay i believe 90 pounds as we are going during the holidays.

    For me, i take it as I pay one week for a flat for our family of 4 by spending a morning with them, now we know the drill, we know what to say (and not to say) to speed up things.
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