Vacation Travel Club Offers 'Complimentary' 8 Day Cruise
LABELLE, FL. -- Letters by the tens of thousands are circulating through the mail offering what appears to be a free "8 day/7 night cruise for 2 adults." Final Notice, Ticket Voucher Enclosed, says the cover of the mailing.
A cruise "boarding pass" is included for what is promised as a cruise with "room, meals, snacks, activities, and entertainment" all included while on board.
Needless to say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The mailing includes a phone number of 1-877-290-0034 and tracking number. Calling within 48 hours gives you a "gas rebate voucher." The fine print says 90 days advance notice are required for the cruise, which is not sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Lines.
A 90-minute sales presentation is required where you will be asked to buy into a travel club. You will be responsible for a "fuel supplement" and other charges, air travel, and fees including the infamous "agency fees."
Consumers report the fees required in the offer, more than offset any "complimentary" aspect of this scam. Note that missing on the mailing is any indication of a company name or address. The Postal Permit #3950 is from West Palm Beach, Florida, the only indication of where the company operates.
Recommendation: Any offer you receive where a company name and address is lacking is a warning to beware of a high pressure sales pitch for a very expensive product. Don't fall for mailings that promise a lot, but don't reveal who's offering the deal. and at what cost.