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Complaint Review: Grand Incentives, Mini Vacations, Grand Getaways

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  • Submitted: Thu, March 02, 2006
  • Updated: Thu, March 02, 2006

  • Reported By:Kissimmee Florida
Grand Incentives, Mini Vacations, Grand Getaways
9040 Town Center Parkway Suite 213 Lakewood Ranch, Florida United States of America

Grand Incentives, Mini Vacations, Grand Getaways Taking over bad certificates Lakewood Ranch Florida

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I happened upon this WEB site by chance after we returned from a cruise. When we docked in St. Maartin we were approached by locals trying to get us to attend a seminar for a travel club. They give you bogus scratch off cards, where the female always has the winning ticket that entitles you to some jewerly or other valuable trinkets. Once they get you in their lair (just down from the cruise dock) they give you the hard sell, etc, etc, hey we have all been thru timeshare presentations so you know the routine. My husband and I have been in St. Maartin before so we said what the heck we would have a little fun with them. We laughed our way thru the presentation and eventually escaped. Funny how some people just don't understand that if it is too good to be true, then it isn't, but suckers are born every minute and they snared a few from our boat.

Don't you think the cruise lines have some responsibility to warn their passengers that these scam artists are out there? Reading the ealier post about expansion to Antigua makes me shake my head.

So, with this in mind and a few minutes to spare at the keyboard, I did a little research last evening (thank you Google) and came up with some additional contacts for those of you that have been taken advantage of.

Seems as if Mini Vacations (a.k.a. Grand Getaways Travel Club) has morphed into Grand Incentives: http://www.clearwater.bbb.org/commonreport.html?bid=90017298 President: Jose Martinez 941 552 7885 X1477

emails: jmartinez@grandincentives.com

People who may be able to get you a refund ------------------------------------------- Swart Baumruk & Company CPA 717 E Oak St Kissimmee, FL 34744-4580 (407) 847-7466 ------------------------------------------ Jose Luis Martinez

9040 Town Center Parkway Suite 213 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Tel (941) 552-7885 x1477 Fax (941) 487-3650 jmartinez@grandincentives.com

Also, seems as if Jackie Callaway from Tampa Bay 8 News has been doing some investigations into Mini Vacations. You just have to see her videos taken at the Mini Vacations HQ building in Sarasota.

Check this out at: http://www.tampabaylive.com/programming/callforaction.shtml

or you may want to tell Jackie your story via email at: TakingAction@ABCactionnews.com

While I was not scammed personally I feel bad for those of you who were. I hope my few minutes of research will help you get your money back. Speak loud and clear, to stop this scam from continuing to impact those who can least afford it. Let your elected representitives know that Florida is a haven for this type of activity, maybe they can apply pressure.

Brenda Kissimmee, Florida
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/02/2006 05:53 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Grand-Incentives-Mini-Vacations-Grand-Getaways/Lakewood-Ranch-Florida-34202/Grand-Incentives-Mini-Vacations-Grand-Getaways-Taking-over-bad-certificates-Lakewood-Ran-178890. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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