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#2982314 - 12/29/12 11:17 AM
am I a big winner
westguy Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 59
Loc: Spicer and silver lake
I got a call today from a travel agency I signed up at the ice fishing show and was told I won 4 free trips around the world .it sounds to good to be true. Anybody else get a call is it a scam
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#2982320 - 12/29/12 11:29 AM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: westguy]
BronzeBrother Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 654
Loc: Apple Valley, MN
Scam - Did they ask for a credit card or anything like that?


Edited by BronzeBrother (12/29/12 11:30 AM)

If it tugs and pulls on your line, then it's worth catching!


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#2982322 - 12/29/12 11:34 AM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: BronzeBrother]
westguy Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 59
Loc: Spicer and silver lake
Yup told send 400 dollars gift tax fee right away and all info was cominig they mail within a week
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#2982324 - 12/29/12 11:41 AM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: westguy]
mplsplayer Offline
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Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 18
Loc: Minnesota
Its a scam. Happened to both me and my wife last year at the Ice Show. It think you actually get the trip but by the time all the fees add up its about what you would pay to have booked it yourself.
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#2982361 - 12/29/12 12:42 PM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: mplsplayer]
bee Offline
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 153
Loc: Maine
You need to send me 200.00 then i will give you my answer.
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#2982363 - 12/29/12 12:45 PM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: bee]
otterman91105 Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 715
Loc: Linwood Township
Sounds like a scam!
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#2982369 - 12/29/12 01:01 PM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: otterman91105]
westguy Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 59
Loc: Spicer and silver lake
Thanks guys I told him no deal right away I just was curious how many from the show they called as winners
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#2982415 - 12/29/12 02:52 PM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: westguy]
blackdog1101 Offline
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Registered: 11/15/05
Posts: 1250
Loc: Lake Minnetonka
I had a similar situation several years ago, but mine was they wanted me to try out their time share resort for free if I would agree to meet with one of their salespeople. Not a "scam," but I wasn't interested in meeting with some high pressure salesman either.

"Be careful where you fish, who you fish with, and what you catch."

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#2982756 - 12/30/12 08:22 AM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: blackdog1101]
LindellProStaf Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 608
Loc: Rainy River, Baudette
Hey congrats... Post pics as you travel so we can see them.... grin
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#2982798 - 12/30/12 09:31 AM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: LindellProStaf]
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Registered: 03/06/03
Posts: 5023
Loc: RLF/Roosevelt
Hey Im on vacation right now in Florida an my hotel room got robbed, Can one of you send me 500 dollars for plane fair home? I'll pay you wen i get back. Had this exact scenario play out in our little community, gal from chrcuh had her name used an got ahold of her email an sent out that type of scam to every one one her forward list in our congregation. Sad. Becafull
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#2982905 - 12/30/12 11:58 AM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: Boar]
slurpie Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
Posts: 848
Loc: minnesota
Couple years ago our whole group won, after playing with the people for awhile w told them to quit calling.

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#2982936 - 12/30/12 12:28 PM
Re: am I a big winner [Re: slurpie]
nofishfisherman Offline
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Registered: 01/31/05
Posts: 6107
Loc: Twin Cities
For those of who got calls saying you won the trip did you enter any sort of drawings? Just wondering how they collected your contact information. If you entered a drawing I suppose your info is fair game but if you signed up for something with a vendor and they sold your info then it would be nice to know which vendor may be doing it. I'd be sure to avoid them in the future.

When I was in Cabo a couple years ago I ended up chatting with a couple who got caught up in a similar scam. The woman was pretty naive and clicked on one of those web banners that flash saying "you are the lucky winner, click here to redseem your prize". When I talked to her she still couldn't figure out why it was so hard for her to book the trip she had won. It was sort of sad listening to her tell the story. I just couldn't believe she was that naive on the way of the world. Luckily for her she was able to get a trip but it did end up costing her a decent amount of money and it took months and months of phone calls and emails to get it figured out. Sad part is she still thinks she was lucky for "winning" the trip.

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