I Won a Lincoln Navigator? and 3 Signs of a Scam

29 Jul

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Today was almost an amazing day. I was told I won a 2010 Lincoln Navigator, by Holly, at extension 221. Oh man, so close. I’m just posting this in case anyone else comes across the same thing. She called me from 888-648-2802.

Here is the actual transcript of the message:

“Hi, my name is Holly calling from the awards claim center, in regards to an entry form you filled out to win a 2010 Lincoln Navigator in one of our shopping malls, movie theaters, or online within the last 12 months. I have some very good news for you, your name was pulled last night. Give me a call back as soon as possible, my phone number is 888-648-2797. Again, that’s 888-648-2797. And that’s Holly, at extension 221.”

And here is the recording:

Signs of a Scam

1. They Give No Personal Information About You

If I filled out an entry to win, or something, they would have some info about me, and leave it in the message. “This message if for _____” or the location of the contest I entered, or something. But nope, instead they never mention my name, any location, any date, and even the type of location is left to “shopping malls, movie theaters, or online.” Who hasn’t been to one of these places in the last couple months?

2. They Give No Information About Their Company

Not only does ‘Holly’ not give any company name, she doesn’t give a website, her last name, or any other identifiable information. All she says is that she is calling from “the awards claim center.” She could have at least faked a company name.

3. It’s Too Good to be True!

I could use a Lincoln Navigator as much as the next guy, but judging by my track record of winning things (read: never), I’m guessing that the car gods are not calling on me to replace my old beat up car with this one. So now I will say something everyone always says: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Bummer.

13 Responses to “I Won a Lincoln Navigator? and 3 Signs of a Scam”

  1. Aly 12. Aug, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    #4 is that she is clearly reading a script, which means she probably calls several people a day reading the same script.

  2. Kaleem K 16. Sep, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    September 16, 2010, 1:53pm
    I received the exact duplicate message.
    I also got a call 2 weeks ago from “Kane County Teacher’s Credit Union” at 4:30am about a credit card of mine being compromised, requesting that I press 1 to be transferred to their security department. I don’t even live in the same state as Kane County T.C.U. so I knew it was false.
    Be suspicious of numbers you don’t recognize. Sorry to say it, but that’s what I think.

  3. Kristen 18. Oct, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    I got this same message and called back. They do ask you security questions and it was not a scam. They are giving away 4 prizes. Next time ask the right questions and you could actually be a winner!

  4. nate 18. Oct, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Well that’s great. I’ll believe you if you can take a picture with your new navigator and a sign or piece of paper or something that says “Hi Nate!”

    Looking forward to seeing it… but I won’t hold my breath

  5. Tony 29. Nov, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    Huh, I called back also but still think it is too good to be true. they said they are a central rewards center that administers the contest. This particular contest was sponsored by Anchor Bay Travel and they ask you to sit through a 90 min. presentation and then you win one of four great prizes. The other wierd thing was that it was a couples prize? So my wife would have to be present for me to win?

    Too bad I liked all four prizes any of them would have been great. Too bad Kirsten hasn’t replied to Nate

  6. Joe 01. Dec, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    People…this is a true scam…if you contact these numbers and give them information that they want…they use this info and tell your long distant carrier that you approved for them to switch the long distance billing to them and they automatically switch from your original carrier to them without you even knowing…so if you contacted them check your phone bill to see if there are any changes…this happened to my wife and I last year…we did not catch it for about eight months…be careful..

  7. nate 07. Dec, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Yeah Tony, I was hoping she would reply too, I could always use a new Lincoln Navigator :)

  8. nate 07. Dec, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    That is crazy Joe! I once worked with a guy who would not use the word “yes” on any phone call with a solicitor because he said they would use it to sign him up for something.

  9. marti karol 20. Jan, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Just wanted to let you know they are at it again. Message left on my machine was worded just right to cover their butts. It said, Hello, I am Bob, you entered a contest a while back to win a Lincoln Navigator and we were looking over your entry and congratulations!( notice he didnt say I won), then goes on to leave a number for me to call and ends with “again, congratulations”. The caller id said private.
    Ironicly this came in right before a call from a man with a heavy accent, India, who said I had purchased medicine from their canadian offices and he wanted to tell me about a sale. I have never bought from anyone on line selling meds.Now waiting for an offer on the Brooklyn Bridge.

  10. Don 21. Feb, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I just received a call exactly like that listed above. THIS IS A SCAM. Do not give them any personal information
    No one has won anything.

  11. Eric 03. Mar, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    It happened to me. EXACT same script as the voice mail except the number was 888-663-6413, her name was Megan and, what do you know, it was extension 221.

    I called back and someone said Megan was busy but she could help. I knew better to give personal information, however I didn’t get the chance to see it through. I was old enough in their age bracket of 28-72…

  12. DJ 24. Mar, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Just got the same message from Meghan on the cell, no personalized greeting and same number listed 888-663-6413 ext 221. The line was busy so we didn’t talk to anyone and now won’t.

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