You know those pesky phone calls you get, the ones with a very distant foreign voice, ostensibly calling from an Australian number, telling you that you have won a $1,000 or some other high value number voucher for Virgin Australian Airways, yes they say, Airways or Qantas Airlines, and yes they say Airlines, well it is not rocket science to work out that they are without question a scam, with the moment you begin asking questions, the caller on the other end quickly putting the phone down. Now is that a surprise … not!
These guys must be getting a tad cleverer though, in that I received a call this morning with a recorded voice telling me I had been especially selected for a free night at a five star Marriot resort and if I was interested to press a key, which I thought, what the heck, so I did!
Placed on hold with nice muzak, a very nice American male voice then answered and commenced a sales pitch, not telling me about my free night at all, but trying to sell me a holiday in the Caribbean or Mexico for seven nights.
When I managed to stop him, as he did not take breaths, I asked him what about my free night at a five star Marriott resort, he very nicely avoided answering me, but when pushed he said that once I had booked the seven night at the Caribbean or Mexican resort, they would give me I think – he was speaking very quickly – seven nights on a Caribbean cruise for nothing! By the way I don’t think he had any idea that I was in Australia and subsequently my investigations of the number on my phone said he was calling from Broward County, Florida in the USA from an unknown number.
Now, I have not just arrived or just fallen off the tree, and did not wait to find out any more as I was busy, but I simply said thank you, I was not interested and hung up … but come on, this has to be a scam?
Who knows I suppose, unless anyone can cast any light on this, especially any Marriott management, as it would be nice to know, but when it was clear I was no longer interested, he wanted to drop me like a hot potato and said that I could checkout their amazing offers atwww.sharingmemories.net
So I did, with their home page pictured right, and while I only spent a few minutes digging through the site, there are only three tabs on the site, home page, Gallery Video and contacts and I could not find any offers, or prices, just resort descriptions and a booking form and amazingly, no on line bookings – very strange indeed.
So my conclusion? Come on it has to be a scam of some description.
What do you think? Please feel free to comment!
Written by John Alwyn-Jones