Puerto del Sol Raffle: SCAM!?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Last Saturday, March 9 my girl friend, April and I went to a Wedding Expo at SMX Convention Center for a reason which I can't reveal to you at the moment. But it's not for April because she recently got married last year and definitely not for me that's for sure. 

While strolling at the venue, someone approached us telling us that we can win a vacation package for 3 days & 2 nights at Puerto del Sol by filling up a raffle coupon. I've come across this resort from the internet and knew it's a nice place stay in Bolinao so without any hesitations we filled up the coupon.

Fast forward to Tuesday- April got a text saying the following:
GOOD DAY! This is w/ regards to your participation at one of our promotional exhibits held at SMX WEDDING EXPO. Your name has been selected as one of our recipient entitled to have a gift certificate of 3 days & 2 nights stay FREE hotel and beach resort accommodation. Not only in our very owned Puerto del Sol Pangasinan but you can also choose among other 6 destinations either BOHOL, BORACAY, CAMSUR, CEBU, DAVAO, PALAWAN. The choice is yours! Good for 2 persons and valid for 1 year upon claiming. If interested to redeem it, CALL us NOW. The cert is for immediate claiming only. Thank you

 She was ecstatic and told me about it. I was slightly jealous for not winning but I'm happy for her nevertheless. The next day, I received an identical text from Puerto del Sol:


followed by:
(CLAIMING VENUE/ADDRESS): PUERTO DEL SOL BEACH RESORT- G/F Renaissance Tower 1000 along Meralco Ave. Ortigas  Center, Pasig City. Beside DepEd and Ultra. Infront of Alexandra Condo. Look for Ms. Kim Silva, our receptionist. Claiming schedule: March 14/15 4:30pm-8pm (Requirements) : Couples must claim together and bring 1 valid ID each for legality purposes only. Stay for a 90 min. Audio Visual Presentation for you to see and choose among those 7 destinations. We'll expect you here. Thank you and have a nice day!
I excitedly told this to Mike and he was overwhelmed as well but we won't be making it on the day of the claiming so I even texted them. This was their reply:


When I got home I told the news to my Mama and asked me if it was legit, I even I told her 'Oo naman!' so when I was browsing the internet, I wanted to check kasi what Puerto Del Sol looked like in Boracay so I searched google 'PUERTO DEL SOL BORACAY'  

These where the sites I came across with:
RCI, Timeshare and Puerto Del Sol is it a New Scam or the Real Deal?
Puerto del Sol Bolinao Pangasinan Raffle Scam? - I Won!
Puerto del Sol Raffle Scam 
Puerto Del Sol Vacation, Hotel and Resort Timeshare: Deal or Scam?
Beware the Puerto Del Sol Raffle Scam

While reading these entries I couldn't believe I was so gullible. The 90 minute AVP was not about those 7 destinations but an interrogation and a timeshare proposal that would cost up to P700,000, if they see signs that you are not interested they will bombard you with questions like 'why wouldn't you take it?' etc. If the prospect declined they will give the certificate of 3 days 2 nights free accommodation, but with the following conditions:
This offer is valid with a redemption period of 30 days from the date of issue and a booking of PHP5,000.00 will also apply which will be refunded upon completion of the trip. The booking form must be fully completed and submitted. Failure to do so will render this offer null and void. All travel must be completed within 12 months from the date of issue.
So for short, it is NOT FREE AT ALL!

If this is legit they should:
         Have not included our monthly salary on the raffle coupon...
         Have called instead of asking us to call them...
         Have at least checked the grammar of their text messages...
 And it was sneaky enough that me & April won the raffle.
        
It was shocking that their modus operandi (If I should say so) started 2 years ago and they are still doing it up to now. I really do hope officials can do something about it, ang dami na kasing nabibiktima, even though most of the victims didn't avail of the timeshare- the money spent for transportation, time and the disappointment it brought to the victims were reason enough to complain. They should end this devious scheme, It is not a good strategy & promotion especially to Puerto del Sol. So now whenever I hear the name of the resort, the word SCAM always remind me of it.     

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  1. ME TOO we was i ocean park while strolling and somebody approach me to fill up the coupon and after aweek someone called me up that i won a gift certificate from puerto del sol... i was so happy then... i told it to my husband... and my husband is not convinced about it.... so i did not pursue to get the said free certificate... but they keep on texting me that if will not claim it will be forfeited...... huhhh.... they are liar pala....

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  2. This offer is valid with a redemption period of 30 days from the date of issue and a booking of PHP5,000.00 will also apply which will be refunded upon completion of the trip. The booking form must be fully completed and submitted. Failure to do so will render this offer null and void. All travel must be completed within 12 months from the date of issue.



    do u know anyone who actually availed this? who paid 5,000? and refunded it?

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    1. Check this blog out : http://www.watimbox.com/2011/06/rci-timeshare-and-puerto-del-sol-is-it-a-new-scam-or-the-real-deal/

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  3. Hi, I want to thank you for sharing this, because last week i was in duty free they also approach us, so aun sige fillup lang, and now gusto nila pumunta ung parents ko dun. eh napaisip ako sa 90 minutes parang nakaka duda, at buti nalang nag search ako! salamat kasi hindi ko na sila papauntahin dun hmft! hehehe

    Love Sasa♥

    www.sasavalencia.blogspot.com

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    1. Your welcome!!! Buti nalang andyan ang friend nating si Google. BTW very nice blog :)

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  4. Just got my GC from Puerto del Sol office last Saturday.. Hindi naman na nila ako pinapanood nung video or may presentation. Ang tinanong lang sa akin kung alam ko na daw ba ang mangyayari? Sabi ko "OO" then they just gave me the GC right away. Kasi kung tatanungin pa nila ako about my salary, Sorry I can't disclose that. nanay ko nga hindi alam kung magkano sweldo ko?!

    Yeah it's true na may 5K pesos na deposit sa destination na gusto mong puntahan. According dun sa nakausap ko kaninang umaga, I CAN deposit yung 5K pag dating na lang sa Pangasinan. Which I can use for food, amenities, achu chu chu. Sabi ko sa Pangasinan na lang para gamitin na lang doon yung pera at least may pondo na. Pero kung sa ibang lugar like BORA, DAVAO or PALAWAN refundable daw ung 5K. (na alam ko naman na it will take time bago ma-refund)

    I admit na isa din naman ako na nag iisip na isa itong SCAM. Ang nakalagay naman sa gift cert eh FREE 3Days 2Nights Accommodation na ang room costs ay from 3k-13k per night. Laking tipid pa rin kung tutuusin.. Of course you will still spend money on Food and whatever you want to do sa pinuntahan nyo. Think of the 5K deposit na hinihingi nila as your pocket money na lang (but of course mag dadala pa rin ako ng extra). I plan to go there this August and will let you know kung ano mangyayari..

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    1. Hi Vinella! Thanks for the information :) please keep me updated on your Puerto del Sol experience. Happy vacation!

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    2. Hi vinella,
      Just wanna know what happened in using ur free accomodation? Nka pag refund ka ba?

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    3. Hi vinella,
      Just wanna know what happened in using ur free accomodation? Nka pag refund ka ba?

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  5. Hi, just today lang I received a text message from puerto del sol, for joining daw sa ccp fun-run entitled ako ng free gc good for 2...i'm so excited kasi free accommodation sa hotel at resort...so i told my husband about it, kaya lang nagdududa sya sa 90mins na kailangan mong igugul sa kanila...naka sked ako bukas to claim my gc...buti nalang pala nag search ako kay mr.google at nakita ko yung post mo about there scam... Thanks a lot Cham at naiwasan ko pa ang magpakapagod magbyahe para lang maloko...thank you so much and God bless...

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  6. I also received a text from them just now. Thank God my fiance and I were warned by our friend last Saturday about this. Below is the message they sent to us. GOOD DAY! This is from the office PUERTO DEL SOL BEACH RESORT & HOTEL. This is w/regards to your participation during our promotional exhibit held at PICC/WEDDING EXPO. Your name has been selected as one of our recipient entitled to have a gift certificate f0r 3days & 2nights stay free hotel and beach resort accommodation in our very owned resort PUERTO DEL SOL PANGASINAN but you can also choose among 6 0ther destinations either BOHOL, CEBU, BORACAY, CAMSUR, DAVAO,PALAWAN. The choice is yours! Good for 2-persons & valid for 1-YEAR upon claiming. If interested to redeem it, Just REPLY thru text then I will give y0u a call. OTHERWISE you may call at 7109653/6362883 or 6361860 and look for MS.SUZETTE TAN for more details. Thank you.

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  7. Glad I came across your webpage... Ocean Park 08/11/13 then the next day I won the raffle... I knew it from the start SCAM!!!

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  8. ocean park 8/13/13 then today 8/14/13 just got text from cathy,. same here i won the free accommodations, now i don't know if icclaim ko pa ba or wag nalang.. tsk.

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  9. i'M scheduled to get my GC tomorrow 8/29/13 i feel so sad for the past days i been asking for a vacations since ang dami kung ginagawa sa business ko then kala ko answered prayer na ang Puerto Dl sol inaway away ko pa partner ko kc napa ka nega niya sa pa raffle yung pala tama siya...

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    1. Hello Mica! I honestly don't have a first hand experience on the process of their promo. I am basing it lang on what I read online. Though there is a reader who commented on this post, she tried to get it from them pero wala naman daw hassle or interrogation. Her name is Vinella, you can read her comment last July 21, 2013 on this same thread :) Cheer up! I suggest you go on a break with your partner kahit weekend road trip lang. You deserve it! :)

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  11. Buti na lang nag research ako. i was about go there to redeem my GC Tom. medyo duda kasi ako because they said its was 100% free, tapos walang dti permit no ung promo, eh nasa tabi lang ng world trade center yung DTI. Grabe sa panahon talaga ngayon maraming Janet Napoles na nag kalat sa pinas, hehehe BUSTED!!!!!! salamat sa post...

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  12. May tumawag din sakin kanina pero tnx sa mga infos malamang scam nga no need to waste my time..

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  13. thanks for this blog. I also received a text like that and just even called me today. I was about to go tomorrow but i guess i would not to do so... Thank you so much again!!

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  14. I'll check it with them tomorrow..i guess legit naman cla kxe nakakapasok cla sa mga expo eh..i got a msg from them today..nsa travel and tours expo cla sa smx..nakausap ko ung representative nila and i ask if totoo bang klngan ng deposit of 5k..as per ruth suarez (rep) yes they are asking for a deposit of 5k na refundable if ndi mgagamit..so i ask if tomorrow sa knila na magdedeposit? She sd you can deposit sa hotel na pag ginamit ung GC for free accomodation and you can refund it after check out..she also told me that i don't need to bring that amount of money since claiming of GC is free..so i sd ok..after, i called my friend who owns a travel and tours agency (bakasyonnijuan travel and tours) and he advised me to claim the GC..it is true na klngan talaga magdeposit in any hotel..it will serve as security deposit..if in case you made damages inside the hotel yun ung pangbayad..i'll try to claim it tomorrow and post another comments here para malaman nten kung legit ba talaga..

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  15. last month i went in their office in pasig to claim my gift. they said that there is a 90 minute presentation. i said its okay since wala nman akong gagawin that day. the presentation is okay actually i decided to join, when i was about to sign the membership form a guy named "Jojo" approached me he is the Manager daw, what got me irritated is that he is forcing me to rent his business na Sound System.. ano ba talaga inooffer nila? membership o sound system.. i decided not to join that day because of that manager...

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  16. Me and my then-fiance also encountered Puerto del Sol when we went to a bridal expo. We got our GC but ended up not using as we got busy with our wedding preps and we weren't allowed to travel on our own back when we were not yet married. Hehe =)

    To be fair to them, I would like to say that this isn't really a scam. It's more of a marketing strategy, which I find common with resorts/hotels affiliated with RCI---they give you a prize like free accommodation, a free meal even, but you'll be asked to stay for a presentation and a bit later, it's product proposal time. Husband and I have dealt with at least two other RCI properties, a chain of hotels and a high-end resort in Boracay. They're legit. They just tend to be quite aggressive in closing a deal. It's up to you if you'd like to avail (and you have the capacity to). But if you think, now that we're all better informed of such strategies, that it'll be a waste of your time, you can just decline. =)

    ~♥ have a great day ♥~

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  17. OMG!
    I just talked to someone from Puerto del Sol.. i was really tempted to go.. but reading all your comments i wont bother going.. although i know that it wont be just about picking the right destination.. sayang :/

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  18. nk recieve din ako ng ganyan message ngyn then ngreply ako ng call cla..yun nga daw wlang gastos or anything...i was so excited kc we plan tlga to go somewhere just to relax and enjoy..but now i was curiuos reading and searching for puerto del sol i saw these conversation.. so i guess we will not come tomorrow in our appointment there ... yuko na....mhirap tlga mgtiwala s mga prmo promo lng...dati nga s globe lanline my ttwag nanalo k daw ng any item pgdating dun mg sa sales xla ng equipments furniture and appliances n di mo tlga nid mslalo pg nlman nila my creditcard ka... sa fiesta alabang mall un eh..almost 56k pala bbyaran ..i dededuct s cc ..layasan ko nga ! tpos gnun rin pala xla..basta sales ! mgling s diskartehan it depends upon u kung kkgtin mo or indi,,, goodluck !

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  19. galing kc ako ng manila ocean park last friday..so ng sign ako ng ticket sbi ko ala nmn cgro msma..kc trabaho nila un...then ngtxt cla ngyn..prehas s mga cnsvi nio exactong eksakto...tpos sbi ko monday ng gbi kmi ppunta mg ksama ko kc busy rin un s work...then nabasa ko 2..hmmp..di n ko ppunta di bale bumili nlng ako in legal ways n alam ko sure ako...n di mloloko gnun rin nmn gastos prehas lang...maka less k onti lng....

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  20. nk recieve din ako ng ganyan message ngyn then ngreply ako ng call cla..yun nga daw wlang gastos or anything...i was so excited kc we plan tlga to go somewhere just to relax and enjoy..but now i was curiuos reading and searching for puerto del sol i saw these conversation.. so i guess we will not come tomorrow in our appointment there ... yuko na....mhirap tlga mgtiwala s mga prmo promo lng...dati nga s globe lanline my ttwag nanalo k daw ng any item pgdating dun mg sa sales xla ng equipments furniture and appliances n di mo tlga nid mslalo pg nlman nila my creditcard ka... sa fiesta alabang mall un eh..almost 56k pala bbyaran ..i dededuct s cc ..layasan ko nga ! tpos gnun rin pala xla..basta sales ! mgling s diskartehan it depends upon u kung kkgtin mo or indi,,, goodluck !

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  21. I also received a very similar message this morning. But after doing some research and have read shocking stories online (including yours), we'd rather not go to Renaissance 2000 tomorrow. After all, it's not even Puerto del Sol's sales office in Manila.

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  23. What if you actually signed the purchase agreement and bound yourself with a promissory note? would there be any legal impediments if you would like to retract? It was the most stupid thing i've ever done, i was lured away with their vacation of a lifetime offer, but during that time, 2 couples and me, we're seated inside their office being shown about RCI, timeshares and earning while on vacay that all of us filled up the forms, as for me i signed a promissory note to pay the one-time fee of 10,000 and now i'm banging my head for being such a fool. Any suggestions? =X

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    1. Oh no! I have no idea :( 10k is quite big. Just don't pay, what does the promissory note say?

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    2. Brrr.. having the same agony... been to a travel and tour expo at smx last saturday,and yes i received the same text message,now scheduled to claim my gc on sat.. having my second thought about claiming it.. :-( so,anyone here experienced/used the gc?

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  24. just dont pay it. why dont you post the name of those people who lured you so that people who reads your comment will be aware of them...

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  25. I received a call while my fiance got a text saying we won a free accommodation to Puerto del Sol of our choice, in short, very much the same as the above text msg. I wasn't able to answer their call but my fiance tried to call them however, the contact was not yet available at that time. But, the contact returned my fiance's call & informed her that the certificate is good for one year & she may claim it in Ortigas. My fiance requested that she claim it on a Saturday since she's not available on weekdays. The contact said that she'll text her the complete address & that she may claim it from 12:30pm-3:30. My fiance asked the contact if there were strings attached and she was told that there's none. The accommodation was for free & we just have to take care of the transportation and food. The contact hasn't texted us the address yet & we're not sure if we still would want to claim the GC.

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  26. will be going to this presentation later. im here din kasi sa ortigas and may spare time ako after my mtgs. definitely di ako maglalabas ng pera there at hindi din magpapa-bully. haha :) sabihan ko kayo.

    nakakuha pala ako ng text after attending a bridal fair last friday.

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  27. I also received a message yesterday Feb 15,2014 (After the Travel Expo 2014-Day 1), informing that i won the same raffle as stated above. I really got excited about it. But nagdalawang isip ako, kasi on the di pa tapos yung Travel Expo eh may winner na. Then I checked the raffle stub, diba dapat may terms and DTI permit ang mga ganito? Early morning I checked the direction of their office, then I saw these information about Puerto del Sol.

    Nagdoubt ako na pumunta sa office nila, pero sabi ko there is no harm in trying, at di naman ako ganun ka engot na kumagat sa scam, at wala rin naman silag mapipiga from me. At kung di ko man makuha ang GC, ok lang, at kung may maririnig ako mula sa kanila, lalaban ako in a smart way. I was prepared on what will I see or hear.

    On the log book of the building, i saw there are lot of people who will claim, bakit ang dami? nakakaduda right? Then I entered the office, marami ngang tao, to make the strory short.. Wala daw mag aassist sa akin, so they gave me the GC, and explained me the conditions and told me that I don't have to attend the presentation, no interrogation.

    Maybe it's because I'm from the travel and tours industry, and any wrong move will affect the company.

    BTW, The staff said, there is a booking fee Php 5,000 (more like a security deposit, some hotels really have this) which is refundable. But in Bolinao this will become a consumable amount for food/beverage, services and tour. Which is not bad na rin kasi basta food ang pupuntahan at ako rin makikinabang, eh no problem.

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    1. Does it mean yung 5k mo non refundable sa bolinao? Kung sa food lang for 3 days,that is too much.. i don't drink naman din.. :-(

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  28. Guys, thanks for the heads up.I'm suppose to go there later 2 claim the gift cert but aoter reading all of these, I realized that this is really a scam

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  29. scum ba talaga? ngaun ko lng nabasa to .. nagbabayad na kmi ng monthly almost 10 months na nababayaran nmin dun .. sayang nmn ung pera at time na ginugol ko dun sa Puerto del Sol ..

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    1. bwiset na yan ..

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    2. hello update lang po ano nanyari sa binayaran nyo .. kmi din kasi recently nagbabayad na din..

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  30. tnx for this messages,paalis nasa kami ng mr.ko buti nalang naka pag google pa ako,while waiting my husband excited pa nman ako to claim my gc un pala fake ito?buti ang bait ni LORD gna guide parin nya ako..tnx sa mga messages nyo...d na ako pupunta waste of time lang cguro yan...

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  31. Hi, thanks guys sa warning nyo..today is my my schedule to claim the get certificate. GOD is good, salamat sa mga post nyo isa pala itong scam, mhrap n talaga ang panahon ngyun maraming manloloko peru i admitted na convinced tlaga aku & very eager to travel as a matter of fact ng absent pa asawa ku today to get the GC... hay so sad..

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  32. Thanks for all ur post we are alarm of this promotional scam that they are dong.

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  33. We receive the same txt message we suppose to go there in tommorrow at there office. I was acually working in Timeshare (call center) in other country and i didnt expect that it s also happening here in the country this kind of SCAM. My wife is very convince about it as well i am but after reading all post i will tell her immediately not to continue to come. They such a bullshit.....grrrr....Thanks guys for the info.

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  34. thank you for all your post. just received same text message now and scheduled me to claim the gc tomorrow. i was so excited pa naman coz if ever this is the first na nanalo ako sa raffle... hay naku, scam din pala.. anyway thank you guys for sharing your stories :)

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