I received a phone call this morning from a lady saying she represented the "Dreams Come True Sweepstakes". Now normally I either hang up on telemarketers right away, but I bank with Wellsfargo bank and they did run a promotion recently through VISA where every purchase enters you into a drawing. She never said I won, but I was still entered for the upcoming drawing.
So far, no harm - no foul. She requested to ask some generic questions. I said "sure". She asked me what card I liked the most, I said "Visa". She then asked me about hobbies, interests, etc. I provided a couple like interior design, sports... She then tells me that I get a diamond ladies watch for free, as well as a couple magazines which obviously were chosen based on my hobbies and interests responses. She then tells me I also get ESPN magazine absolutely free. This is where she starts to talk very fast. Her words were quick, clever, and tricky. She stated the ESPN magazine was free, but they blah blah blah blah blah packaging charge of $3.94 a WEEK. I heard this and immediately said no thank you.
This did not work for her. She calmly said, "I'm sorry, you must have misheard me" you get ALL of this for free... I said, "Yeah, free but I have to pay $3.94 a week for shipping and handling and packaging of ESPN...No I do not want to pay this." At that point, she said again it was all free and I must have misunderstood. Again I said I did not agree to this and she hung up on me. At this point I was caught off guard. It was a totally civil conversation and apparently when she realized I couldn't be fooled I was of no further use to her.
This is a total scam, the number on my DNC registered cell phone was "Unknown" so I could not call back. They never stated their business name, what company and they misrepresented themselves. She stated at the beginning she was calling on behalf of VISA. I have since called VISA and Wellsfargo and neither businesses state they are participating in the "Dreams Come True Sweepstakes". Fortunately I did not give them any personal information, but others in online forums state they have and got Ripped Off.
Please beware!!! If you do give them your information, they will send you bill after bill after bill and report you to credit agencies. This scam has apparently been active or publicly active since 2004 and they are still going strong. I am not quite sure how they have managed to stay in business this long, but hopefully people will realize they are being scammed in advance and tell these people "No".