I received a call yesterday from Imperial Majesty Cruise Lines and Ramada Promotions. We travel a lot and I smelled a rat as soon as the call started... although I didn't share his enthusiasm, the sales rep went on and on about what a great opportunity this package is, how much I'd love the trip, etc. When he finally finished (I stayed on the line so I'd have enough details to write this) and asked for my credit card information to purchase this 'great deal', I said I don't give out credit card information over the phone unless I INITIATE THE CALL. He then got his manager on, who gave me his name (Matt Flanders), his 1-800 # (800-519-7502, direct line - ha! - I'm sure the turnover in the call center is quite high), suggested I call from my cell while on the other line to verify he's really there and everything is legit, or that I let my bank know in advance about an upcoming credit card charge which would read RAMADA. He even went on to explain the high rating his company has with their Merchant Account status.
But, I was, under no circumstances, allowed to call them back or receive anything in the mail. If I didn't Act Right Away, on this call, and give them my credit card information Today, he stated the offer was no longer available. They were both aghast that I wasn't thrilled to my toes about the offer, willing to just jump in immediately. Give me a break. I stated again I DON'T GIVE OUT MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE UNLESS I INITIATE THE CALL, then hung up. Was reminded, as I tell my kids, if an offer is valid, you can call back. If an offer is valid, they can forward information and documentation by mail. If an offer is valid, and a prize is truly won, the pressure to 'act now' is not necessary. Don't be fooled. Be wise consumers. Am glad this site exists and hope the all readers reflect on their choices before giving out precious information.