Friday, September 08, 2006

Awards Verification Center Wants Your Phone Number

You may have seen my previous post in regards to an experience I and many others have had with the Awards Verification Center (2400 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Suite 210, Arlington, TX 76013, 1-800-925-9525). Well, tonight I had another bad experience. I received a letter in the mail with my name and address stating that I had won a Mercedes Benz M-Class, BMW X5, Porsche, $40,000 in cash, and another long list of prizes. I'd seen this before and knew it was simply another tactic to get me in to one of their aggressive sales pitches to spend money on a timeshare. So, I called the toll free number 1-800-925-9525, and requested that I be removed from their mailing list. I spoke to a representative who took my confirmation number printed on the letter and then asked for my phone number. "My phone number?" She said that she needed my telephone number to remove my address from their mailing list. I was dialing in with Skype, in order to not give them my real telephone number, and I told them that I would rather not give them my number. I am positive that they do not have my telephone number, but the representative, and her supervisor insisted that they must have my telephone number in order to be removed from their mailing list. They refused to remove me from their list and were less than helpful. It's a shame that we must be so aggressive just to maintain our privacy these days.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

Thanks for you comments Brian. I read them all. I received the "famous" letter and I almost go there. Fortunately I was a little scared about this being a scam and decided to google it. Imagine if I had driven all my way to Conroe which is the location they provided for me to pick up the prizes. I have only one question: Isn't there anything that we can do to make these people stop doing this?
It's not fair that some people out there play like this with our time and feelings.
Something must be done again this kind of scams, but I don't know what to do or where to go to post a complain against them.

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