Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The pain of the Scam...

Alright, it's time for a rant...there's no news story here, this is all me. I want to formally complain about the sleazy, rude and dishonest business practices of Sundance Vacations. Here's the story.

A month or so ago I was in the King of Prussia Mall and filled out a sweepstakes entry form to win a Hummer H3. I always fill those things out, but I've never won.

So you can imagine my surprise today when I got a phone call informing me that my name had come up in the preliminary drawing and that everyone who's name was drawn in the preliminary drawing have won a 3 day vacation to any Marriott hotel in the country along with a $500 Internet shopping spree. Sounds good, right?

The woman on the phone assured me many, many times that there was nothing I needed to buy and no obligation, but that in order to claim the prize I'd have to go to their office and sit through a 45 minute presentation about the travel agency. Blah, not too bad for all that. So I agreed and scheduled a time to go...tomorrow evening, to be exact.

Then I got to my computer and went to work. Google is your friend in situations like this. In less than 10 minutes I was able to pull up dozens of websites (RipOffReport, Scam.com, etc.) all listing pages and pages of people complaining about this "scam."

...and they all described in perfect detail what happened to me...

It's not really illegal, just shady. Here's what the real story is...you get to the office and have to sit through a presentation which lasts over an hour in which they try insanely hard to get your money. If you manage to get out alive, they give you a website to go to to spend your 500 bucks. The site is apparently full of dollar-store junk that all has crazy shipping costs.

So I'm a little peeved. I'm almost looking forward to the "where are you?" phone call I get from them tomorrow. The moral of the story is that in today's world, you have to question EVERYTHING...even sweepstakes winnings. :-(