received a phone call this afternoon claiming I've won a lucky draw ranging from $1500-3000 of travel products after I answer these 3 questions:
a) Which mode of payment do i usually use to pay for my shopping
b) How much do me and my husband earn in a month - above or below 5k?
c) What sort of credit card I have? Visa or Master or Amex
I found the caller shady but she did not give me a chance to ask questions. After I answered the 3 questions, she said my husband and I have to turn up at Shaw House this Sunday afternoon, listen to a talk from 2.30pm to 5pm and I can walk away with the prizes (Choose 1):
a) $1500 internet shopping vouchers (to buy prada,she said)
b) 50% off hotel-cruises (dunno what she meant by that)
c) 7 nights' free stay at an overseas timeshare property (for a family of 5)
I remembered we were once coerced to attend a time-share talk at Shaw House so I interrupted her and questioned her which company she's from. She answered, 'OT Travel'. I told her I dunno such a company, she said they are the publicity company of Chan Brothers/Nam Ho/SA Tours etc and I won their prize at a travel fair. I know this must be another of those hardsell time-share tactics and I turned her offer down. The lady then turned aggressive and demanded to know why I don't want the prize. She tried to persuade me to take the prize but said I must pay for the delivery/courier charge of $75! I politely rejected again only to have her slammed down the phone.
Since there are a couple of such scams going around, thought I just post this here to warn fellow CSers so that you won't fall for their 'trap'. There's no such thing as a free lunch in this world. Moreover, most of the time, if we really had won in a lucky draw, we'll not be receiving a phonecall, more an official letter from the organizers!