Just wanted to mention that I just hung up the phone in which I received an automated voice message saying "Congratulations, your phone number has been randomly selected as the winner of a free 1-night stay at a 5 star Marriott Hotel. For details, press "1" now."
I had only just been reading about these phone scams 5 minutes ago and that anyone who presses 1 is basically giving their phone number away to these scammers who can place long distance calls and also perpetuate the scam by using YOUR number to call other people.
Needless to say I simply hung up... This is the 2nd time this week I have received a call from scammers.. the other one was from "Winners International" in which I (supposedly) won 3 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz... This particular one happened to be a live human being on the phone so while he was yammering on in my ear I looked up Winners International online to see it was a scam and proceeded to then tell the guy on the phone exactly what I was reading online... and "how much was he expecting me to send him using Western Union to claim my prize??" Funny thing... he hung up on me...
Scam , scam, scam... best to follow the old rule "if it sounds too good to be true,then it probably is".
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You bring up an issue that some other Insiders have been facing recently as well, and one that we've looked into resolving. Below is a link to a recent thread that includes instruction on what to do if you receive one of these calls. You'll find that we've identified the calls from a non-Marriott source, and recommend getting in touch with your local FCC.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for posting!
I take it you are somebody to do with Marriott Hotels. I recently stayed at the Downtown Calgary Hotel in Alberta, Canada. Since then I have had numerous phone calls on both my cell phone and home phone offering a free night. I recognized it as a scam and hung up. It just seems strange to me that these hone calls only started after I stayed at the hotel. I would suggest somebody with access to records is selling phone numbers. The most recent ones have come from 011 40 30 83854, 011 40 330 84896 and 011 40 330 86245.
Other than that my stay was great. One of the repair people went above and beyond duty when the ice machine didn't work and I didn't like the Pepsi products available in the pop machine. Not only did he bring ice and Coke to my room but also must have paid for it out of his own pocket. He refused my money and it was never posted to my room tab.
I agree. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I got a call once about being picked in a drawing and that I won $1 million. All I needed to do was give them my bank info so they could deposit the money to my account. Lol! I hung up. Who would fall for such a trick?
Elderly parents (like mine) fall for these tricks all the time. Not being in their right minds (dementia) makes it hard for them to judge these things as huge scams like the rest of us would. And they are on the do not call list! I just tell them not to answer the phone anymore but that's impossible. Thanks for sharing your experience, and welcome to Insiders, martinaoslov!
My husband got this 'Marriott 5 star offer' call yesterday on his cell phone. Since I'm a gold rewards member but he's not in the Marriott rewards, he looked puzzled at me, and I told him to hang up. I knew it couldn't have been Marriott, because I had gotten a very similar call from 'Hilton' a couple of months ago.
So what I would like to say is, these scammers are not targetting one brand in particular, there are several versions of the scam going around so be aware that it's not Marriott calling, nor Hilton, or some other hotel chain or cruise line (I had 'won' a free cruise also last year).
I just signed up for Marriott Rewards and made my first-ever booking at a Marriott hotel. Within a couple hours of completing my booking I have received two of these calls. Numbers start with 011 and then my area code. I'm questioning whether this was just a coincidence or something of greater concern.
These are actually telemarketers calling from spoofed phone numbers.
I've had several of these calls on both my home and cellphone over the past couple of weeks.
Their recorded message says I've been selected to receive a prize package from Marriott Hotels.
I took the time to go along with it and listened to the sales pitch. It ends up it's a company trying to sell vacation packages.
I reported this to Marriott Hotels and was told they are aware and investigating this.
I actually called this EasyVac International company in Cancun to complain and spoke with a fellow identifying himself as Carlos Lopez.
He said he would try to put a stop to this misleading scam.
Their website actually is:
Over the past week this telemarketing scam has changed to say you've now won a prize from the Hilton Resorts.
Given this originates in Cancun Mexico I don't believe there will be a way to stop this.
I have had all my phones registered on the Do Not Call Registry since the day it started but unfortunately it does not deter these calls as they appear to be coming from a Spoofed phone number or private number which is not displayed.
By the telemarketers calling this way you cannot determine where these calls originate to file a complaint.
I believe most of the calls come over VOIP lines.
Since I am a Marriott Member and have been staying on Marriotts quite often I thought they were trying to be nice and rewarding me when they said they were from Marriott and accepted the offer. Does anyone know if there's a way to sue them and get the money back? I'm new to Canada and didn't think this would happen in the developed world... Any advice?