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Comp Scam Currently going on

Discussion in 'Comps' started by jgates8, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    In one of the FB groups for Vegas I am in, one of the Admins posted this tonight:

    ***** BEWARE of a new Total Rewards phone scam. My friend got a call this afternoon from a 702 number. The person claimed to represent TR marketing. The offer they made him sounded reasonable. .. It was up to 5 comp nights, no resort fee, $500 free play, show tickets, and $500 resort credit... The catch? He had to book now... and they wanted his cc # just to hold the reservation. He would have fallen for it, but his wife is waiting for knee surgery.... he got off the phone with them and emailed his host asking if the offer would be honoured... his host informed him that there was no such phone marketing offer and that there are spammers doing this. So... BE CAREFUL as always!!!!

    ......here was a closer on the phone as well... aka the supervisor. My friend said if he didn't always deal directly with his host he would have fallen for it. They were smooth. So apparently these are "good" or above average cheats... just read his message to me again.. he added that the credit card charge was going to be $199 to gold the booking... definite scam!!!
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    I'm sure most people here are well aware of who they should deal with & would be leary about a cold call like this, but it does make one wonder if how they obtained a list of people who do have TR cards to target - or possibly even an employee who has access to phone numbers & lists.
     
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  2. rycelover

    rycelover Low-Roller

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    Good for your friend to not fall for this scam. What would have tipped me off immediately was asking for a credit card. Something that TR has never done over the phone when booking a room.
     
  3. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    Sounds like an inside job. :(
     
  4. Geogran

    Geogran OTD Tea Sipper

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    Thanks for the heads up - these things tend to spread like wildfire until folks get wise to them.
     
  5. Kolmeseiska

    Kolmeseiska Low-Roller

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    This.

    The person has a name and a matching phone number ans is offering $500 FP + $500 RC + room for a certain property. No chance in hell that it would be just to test the water, has to have some inside knowledge. Especially considering that it was an offer that the person was likely to receive. If I was to be offered that, I'd know immediately that it can't be right.
     
  6. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    Thanks for the warning!

    However, LOL, I never remember being actively contacted by any casino host by phone. I've always phoned them. I might consider a phone call suspicious just because I'm a just-squeaked-by-it Platinum player. I do get lots of offers, some good, some actually insulting, by email and regular mail.
     
  7. Jaci2014

    Jaci2014 Low-Roller

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    My husband got one of those insulting offers-$5.00-and vows to not risk anymore $ at our local casino.
     
  8. DrLect

    DrLect Low-Roller

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    the old adage ... if it seems to good to be true, it probably is ... would seem to apply here.

    My dear, departed, mother-in-law always said, "let your pocketbook be your guide."
     
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  9. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    I really don't consider the few $$$ free play as insulting. I'll gladly use them, and do when they come, which has been more off than on lately.

    What I consider insulting are the local hotel room "offers", which I do not need, of course, limited to Sunday-Thursday, and priced about the same as the cold-walk-up rate!
     
  10. C0usineddie

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    I work for a tech company and we run specials and send emails that i dont know about until the customers call in and ask about them. Could be the same type thing here.
     
  11. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    Wow...thanks for that warning.
     
  12. makikiboy

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    I got a call from the "IRS" last week saying that I owed a lot of money and to call to set up payment to pay off my debt, otherwise they would come and arrest me. This was my last notice before they come to get me.

    I heard about the scam already so just ignored it but then I paid my taxes months ago, had a CPA do it so I know that it was a scam. A decade ago I got a letter from the IRS, apparently I miscalculated on my tax return but it was specific and included details of my return where the miscalculation was. I ended up paying a few bucks with a penalty but it was probably less than $100 for the error and penalty.

    It is unfortunate that these scumbags prey on others with these scams.
     
  13. Kolmeseiska

    Kolmeseiska Low-Roller

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    Same type of thing would be that you'd call the clients and find out yourself during the call what you are actually offering them.

    In this scam there's no emails or anything, just a phone call with a bogus offer while phishing for CC details.
     
  14. fasbman

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    I have received several calls from similar to yours. The caller claimed that the IRS was about to file a lawsuit against me, and that I needed to call a certain number pronto to avoid having them file it. Well, I am a CPA and know that the IRS always begins their communication with a letter (its on their website IRS.gov). Additionally, my tax return is always pristine. If you ever receive a call like this, and you have not received any prior written communication from the IRS spelling out the issue in full detail, it is a scam. I fully agree with you that these scamsters are scum of the earth!
     
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  15. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    How about the calls from Windows Technical Support where they don't know your name or what model of computer you have! :)
     
  16. simundo26

    simundo26 Low-Roller

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    i had this yesterday i just tell them i have apple lol
     
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  17. rgrif57

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    That is my favorite, I tell them we bought brand new double pane windows, either they try and explain what they are doing or get mad swear at me and hang up, then call back 10 minutes later. I just try and have a bit of fun with them and they quit calling....Rick
     
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  18. BayouBengal

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    I tell them I'm Amish.