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:
(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:
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.