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billroddy
May 23rd, 2011, 06:28 PM
My wife got a letter with the Carnival logo and a boarding pass. It stated she had won a free cruise and an 800 number to call.
Has anyone received similar>
Bill

H82seaUgo
May 23rd, 2011, 06:30 PM
yes. throw it away.

maxamuus
May 23rd, 2011, 06:48 PM
I think the bigger question is are you a sucker and will you call the 800 number? ;)

billroddy
May 23rd, 2011, 06:55 PM
Yes,
Bill

I think the bigger question is are you a sucker and will you call the 800 number? ;)

arush5268d
May 23rd, 2011, 06:59 PM
Yup, Carnival just randomly gives away free cruises. Just like I get all these keys in the mail from car dealerships saying I won a free car.

maxamuus
May 23rd, 2011, 07:04 PM
Bill, Give me a ring. I got some beach front property in Az i would like to talk to you about. :D

firefly333
May 23rd, 2011, 07:04 PM
check the sender again. we will bet you that it did not come from carnival .. just used their logo somewhere to fool you.

rdler
May 23rd, 2011, 07:29 PM
Come on. Can't some of you help this guy out? There have been posts on these scams before, and I just don't have enough information to help this poster out. Some of you might if you wanted to be helpful.

WeatherGeek
May 23rd, 2011, 07:30 PM
We got that today too. Flip it over and in the fine print on the back it says you have to sit through a timeshare presentation. I knew it was a scam when I got it, but googled the phone number anyway to see what was up with it and couldn't get any hits.

Crazy4Koko
May 23rd, 2011, 07:47 PM
see if this link helps to answer your question:


http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-319-4320


and it that one doesn't convince you, try this one:

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-800-313-5032/2

jrdbrn
May 23rd, 2011, 07:52 PM
It's a timeshare. You sit in their presentation while they hassle you to buy in it. Then they give you a free cruise that is near impossible to actually book.

Crazy4Koko
May 23rd, 2011, 08:01 PM
Come on. Can't some of you help this guy out? There have been posts on these scams before, and I just don't have enough information to help this poster out. Some of you might if you wanted to be helpful.

In situations like this, google is your friend. its amazing what you find when you type free carnival cruise postcard and boarding pass.

arush5268d
May 23rd, 2011, 08:11 PM
In situations like this, google is your friend. its amazing what you find when you type free carnival cruise postcard and boarding pass.


Google. Or Yahoo. Or any search engine. Or common sense.

Crazy4Koko
May 23rd, 2011, 08:22 PM
Google. Or Yahoo. Or any search engine. Or common sense.


:);) Actually, I tried yahoo.. and all the posts related to those words were actual legitimate ones tied to Carnivals policy and procedures!


google is much better at findin the 'crap' :p

phquick
May 23rd, 2011, 08:33 PM
OK, My wife got one today with an 877 number, so I fliped it over and see its not from Carnival but a timeshare sale 90 minutes ya right.....

golfadj
May 23rd, 2011, 08:35 PM
Wonder how many fools actually fall for this crappola.

arush5268d
May 23rd, 2011, 09:23 PM
Wonder how many fools actually fall for this crappola.


Enough to make it worthwhile for these companies....

Hurricane Girl
May 23rd, 2011, 09:35 PM
Myself and DH got one of the letters before but the letter did not say anything about a cruise. It wanted us to go visit the timeshare place. The day before we went we received a call and the lady told me if we arrived 30 minutes early we would receive a voucher for a free Carnival Cruise. Of course we went 30 minutes early to get that (never been on a cruise before this). We purchased the timeshare and they did not want to give me the voucher. I had to go down the road to their main office and argue with them to get it and the lady told me if we had not purchased she would not have given it to me. When we called to use the voucher, some TA in FL, she told us they did not have any more available rooms for the date we chose, we tried different dates and they never had the rooms available. The free cruise was for a 1A room for 2. In order to use the voucher we had to upgrade. That was the most expensive 3 day cruise we have taken and ever seen advertised. If I had known then what I know now about prices we never would have taken that "free cruise".

Hurricane Girl
May 23rd, 2011, 09:37 PM
Wonder how many fools actually fall for this crappola.

We were one of them... Learned a very expensive lesson!!! but when we scheduled the tour for the timeshare we knew nothing about a free cruise.

SuiteTraveler
October 20th, 2011, 06:43 PM
We just got one with an 877 number - says we have to spend 90 minutes at a sales presentation for a "travel club." Yeah, right. SCAM.

MyersB
October 26th, 2011, 04:53 PM
My wife got a letter with the Carnival logo and a boarding pass. It stated she had won a free cruise and an 800 number to call.
Has anyone received similar>
Bill

Bill,
This is a scam. The business behind it changes name frequently but here are a few of them: TPC/Pro-Travel, Pro Consumer, (http://www.pro-consumeronline.com/index.html)Direct-Travel (Scam Testimonials (http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=132585)), Pro-Center (http://procenterblog.wordpress.com/) Promotions, Trip-Info.biz (http://trip-info.biz/)

They use the name of reputable companies and the enticement of discounts to get you to buy a lifetime "membership" that can cost thousands. A relative of mine got taken for $6999.

The presentation is compelling and you have to decide before you leave. Supposedly you have 3 days to change your mind, but they are long gone with your check or credit card # and all you have is some obscure address with a Suite # and a binder full of company names. Pass the word if you can. Friends don't let friends get scammed.

Princesss
October 26th, 2011, 10:55 PM
see if this link helps to answer your question:


http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-319-4320


and it that one doesn't convince you, try this one:

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-800-313-5032/2

Thanks for the link, I like the post by "Sunlover" that included this:


"I truly hope that I have inspired a few of you stressed and disgruntled members and spurred you into action. Bring with you your big burley loud friends and family members for an evening to remember. Lets stand up and fight for our consumer rights. We are surrounded by those who continuosly suppress our desire to better ourselves in life and thennnn the last kick comes from high tech SCAMMERS preying on good hard working citizens. ENOUGH is ENOUGH
I hope someone legitime responds to this post
Rev your engines my fellow scammees, lets help put some big holes in their hot stinky air balloons !!!"

rockabutzer
October 27th, 2011, 05:14 AM
Wonder how many fools actually fall for this crappola.


If you have some free time and know what it's all about, attend one of those presentations promising a free cruise (and sometimes they'll throw in air travel).

It's a hoot! My DW and I did this last winter and played their little game of Q&A and supposedly ended up the big winners. All the while we were stringing them along. They deep discounted their vacation plan so much, they were practically giving it away (according to them). But in the end, we got these "vouchers" that promised the cruise and airfare, for a low onetime fee. What a joke! There were no guarantees of you getting the cruise date you requested AND, more than likely, you couldn't combine the airfare voucher with it.

But like I said in the beginning, we knew what it was, had a couple of hours to kill before a diner date and had fun. :p

dprg644
October 27th, 2011, 07:43 AM
There is no such thing as a free puppy!

Tbay-eh
October 27th, 2011, 09:03 AM
We did one of these time share thingys at a Cancun AI to get 2 free and 2 1/2 price tickets on a mini (tequila/swim with the sting rays/beach picnic) cruise excursion. We had time to kill and had a blast stringing them along - we acted like we were really interested in buying and pretended to be dumb Canadians. We walked out with our tickets and have to admit it was one of the best excursions I have ever been on, to say the tequila flowed freely would be an understatement and the picnic was awesome. In talking to others on the excursion who paid for it - they paid $98 each so I guess we got a pretty good deal. Would never do it for a cruise though - ends up costing more than it is worth.

ccruisequeen
October 27th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Yup, Carnival just randomly gives away free cruises. Just like I get all these keys in the mail from car dealerships saying I won a free car.
Only contests you win are those you officially ENTER (Either on Internet or after filling out a survey).

If you didn't enter a contest & are told YOU'RE A WINNER, It's a Scam!:eek: