Thanks everyone for your comments. All the bad below are correct. Signed up at a tent that had a new truck which I thought I was entering to win. Then had a bad experience on the phone with a persistent woman who tries to make you feel terrible for not accepting the "free gifts" even calling me "Silly" for passing on the offer when my husband refused to link his phone... every time he mentioned not wanting the gifts she would direct the conversation back at me as if I could FORCE my husband to link his phone (didn't appreciate that) also tried the tactic "I'm new" sorry sweetie that doesn't work. My advice: don't sign up, don't answer call, and if you do answer say no thank you, that you forfeit the gifts, and if they persist say I'm hanging up now.
West Virginia Oct 09th, 2014
They call relentlessly....we said we weren't interested, but they keep calling! SCAM!!!
Pennsylvania Apr 07th, 2014
While I agree that this is a legit company, the way they do business is not completely honest or up-front. I did enter to win a Toyota at the Maryland State Fair, at a Toyota tent, in front of a brand new Toyota, and apparently I was really entering to 'win' a vacation/time share. So, doing business under the guise of another company, or on the premise of winning something else, is not good business practice, in my opinion! And they do call late at night, which is another red flag for me.
After researching this company extensively, they are indeed a legitimate resort company. You can take a look for yourself at www.vacationvillageresorts.com They have resorts all over the US.
This is a scam, don't tell them nothing.
West Virginia Jun 07th, 2013
I didn't sign up for anything, And the Calls will not stop. Her name is Donna she claims, she must have an IQ of 50 or less.
West Virginia Jun 07th, 2013
This woman said her name is Donna, two calls within a hour. I told her she had the wrong number and the wrong person.
Told her not to call me!
West Virginia Jun 07th, 2013
Called 3 times today. First let me say that the contest that I entered was for a 13' Camaro at a car show, not a timeshare vacation. We have done numerous timeshares over the yrs, you don't Win anything its them trying to sell you something. We have done the Massenhutton one a few times. The kicker in timeshares is the maintenance fees and taxes. Anyone can visit their website and schedule the same offer, you havnt won anything, it will be more like 3 hrs than 90 minutes and you won't stay in the posh units, just a hotel on the premises in the off season with nothing to do.
New Jersey Apr 22nd, 2013
Folks, this is not a scam. It is about an entry form that you filled out somewhere. They offer you a complimentary stay at a resort in Virginia and some gift cards in exchange for a resort tour. We did the Massanutten Resort trip. It's a really nice place. We got our deposit back plus an extra $150. Well worth the time, and the drive.
These are not free vacations... they take you there to sell you a time share, and they use all kind of very low level tactics to do that; the harrassment can go for hours and hours. Some of the 'positive' comments here look like made by employees of the company, the only ones that sound legit are the complaining ones. I am going to talk with the McDonalds manager (where I entered this 'contest' that everybody wins), and tell him that I am disappointed that they allow such a thing in their restaurants.
A time-share is one of the worst things that you can make with your money, and once you buy it it is almost impossible to re-sell.
I understand that I filled out an entry form for this. However, after about 10 calls, some at almost 10pm, I told them I wasn't interested and to stop calling, please take me off your list. They said they weren't a telemarketer and that I signed up for this and continued to talk and ask me questions and telling me what I NEEDED to do. I don't care if I filled out an entry form. I asked them to stop calling and they can't FORCE me to take a "prize I won". I even yelled into the phone and she just continued with her speech. I just want them to stop calling since I not interested. Very annoying!
West Virginia Nov 09th, 2012
Caller identified themselves as providing a gift from Chili's restaurant. He started asking questions similar to a social engineering attack such as wanting to know when I would be home, what my wife's name is, etc. Typical timeshare tactics. Beware!!!
I received a call from what sounded like a recorded message about winning a prize for a trip and asked me to get the person that would go with me on the other line. Especially since I was driving by myself I then hung up. He immediately called back again and said we must have gotten disconnected. I stated no I hung up becaused I am not interested. He proceeded to call me 7 more times in a row. 4 I anwseered 3 I hit ignore on my phone on the 4 I anwsered, asked please do not call me again I am not interested. It wasnt until I told him I now have record of all his calls and I would report him to the Attorney Generals Office, Better Business Bureau that the calls finally stopped. This is very poor business practice and I plan on following through with my threats. I encourgage others who have experienced these calls to report them as well.
Pennsylvania Nov 10th, 2011
They called repeatedly and late in the evening. My boyfriend finally yelled at the caller and told her he was going to have her arrested. We haven't heard from them since.
They have hung up on me several times. I tell them I am not interested then CLICK. Annoying!!!
North Carolina Mar 11th, 2011
Called 3 times at lunch and supper and we did not anwser.
I knowingly entered into a contest to win a car at a county fair, and I never win these things, so of course I didn't read the form very well. I was a little sketched out when I received the call saying I'd won two trips to Williamsburg and Orlando, so I spent a long time on the phone with the "assistant" learning all I could about the promotion and what my responsibilities are. This is not a scam - I signed up for it, and I happened to win. It seems like a lot of people win the vacations, then get entered in to win the car.
The 2 things that weirded me out the most were how late they called (first at 5, then 6, then 9:30pm), and that they needed whoever was going to vacation with me to be on a separate line to have a 3 way call. I don't understand why I couldn't do this on speakerphone.
I talked with several people who have done one of these kinds of timeshare trips, and they all say that this is how they do things, so I'm going with it. I have no obligation to the resort whatsoever, so I'm free to take advantage of the free offer and enjoy some time off in Orlando.
This is NOT a scam! This is a complimentary vacation at a resort. In exchange for your gifts you simply take a 90 minute tour on one of the days you are there. My family signed up for this in March and LOVED the place. It is Massanutten Resort, in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. A great place to visit.
Caller stated he is calling becuase my wife entered a drawing at the SOMD Blue Crabs ball park..SO NOT TRUE!!! Several friends of mine are getting the same call..He states if we can just get you and your wife on the phone I will go over the details of what she has won, I'm already holding a $125.00 Visa card in her name. Late last nite I talked to them asked a few questions and as soon as I mentionged the word SCAM he hung up..Really have no lcue how this person / corp got my name and number...If you call the number back, it tells you the name of the Corp..Great Eastern Resorts Corp & Vacations, then says mailbox is full try back later.....they called me 4 times,,,6, 7, 8:15 & 9:50PM!!!
They called me at work. Not knowing the number i answered. They claimed I had won a trip from O'Charley's restaurant. I havent been to an O'Charleys in years. Also, the only information they had about me that was correct was my name and phone number. They had the wrong address, thought I was married, and had the wrong age group. She was only off by a year so I'm guessing she took a stab hoping to get lucky judging by my voice. She then tried to get me to connect someone who would be going on the trip with me via 3 way call. However, she could not initiate the 3 way call, I had to do that. This sounded way to shady so I put her on hold. She hung up and called back several times but I did not answer. Way to shady for me.
They just called me i remember filling out the form and why would it be a scam if its at mc donalds, Mac donalds would not allow that so its worth a try so.....
Called and left message saying I won $125 Visa gift card. I never entered to win that, so I'm pretty sure this is a scam.
I completely understand that most likely everyone has unknowingly signed up for this harassment, however, calling after 9 p.m. is unacceptable. If you are trying to sell someone on something, why are you going to call at an unreasonable hour? I have a child that goes to bed at 8, and the last thing I need is him to be woken up. My friends and family don't even call that late. They had the nerve to call me at 9:52 p.m. I'm glad that some people had a good time on their vacations they "won", but I like to have a relaxing evening after a long day at work, and don't like being bothered at bedtime. Yes, I filled out the form for what I was told was a "7th inning drawing" at a Norfolk Tides game, and had a feeling that it would backfire. I never fill out those things and had a funny feeling when I filled out that one. Never again. If they want to make a sale, call at a normal hour!!!
C'MON people take responsibility for your own actions...you filled out the entry form...i'm sure you learned to read before signing anything...This company is not a SCAM, and is not doing anything wrong...I on the other hand read everything...and was hoping for a call..and received it..and my family enjoyed the vacations...stop placing blame, and let these people do their job..BE BLESSED...AND READ BEFORE YOUR SIGN...IT'S NOT THE CORPORATION'S FAULT..
Okay, so i filled out this entry form at a Norfolk Tides game. And the same people kept calling me. I finally answered after reading some of these.I decided to do it. Mary and Angela set it up so I went up there for the day. which I did They showed me around it is BEAUTIFUL! After the tour I got two vouchers one to go back and stay at Massanutten and another for florida. I also got my 75 back plus 125. It is so worth. Thnx Massanutten! See you soon! All you people filled something out. Its the deal of a lifetime. I never would have been able to take a vacation otherwise.
People, are you serious? You fill out an entry form, which states that you will be called regarding a timeshare promotion, and then complain when they call you? It certainly is not a "scam", do a little research. It is Massanutten Resort, which is located in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. It is a beautiful place to visit, and you get to stay there complimentary for simply previewing their resort property.
called me 5 times so far today, the latest was 10:14pm, left message stating i had won $125.00 also and that its very important they speak to me tonight. next time i will answer and tell THEM its very important that they never call here again
Pennsylvania Jun 22nd, 2009
check out this story about this number here: http://consumerist.com/5293992/this-subway-shop-in-virginia-promotes-timeshares
looks like this stuff needs to stop
Received called that I won 125.00 gift card from entry I filled out. Couldn't give me any infomation as to where I entered this contest. This is a scam especially, when they as for credit card info
they call me several times a day, every day, on my work phone.
Pennsylvania May 21st, 2009
Have called me 7 times in the past 3 days
Pennsylvania May 18th, 2009
7 times today. Haven't answered. They must die. They will die.
Mississippi Apr 02nd, 2009
They have called three times this evening. the last time was after 10pm.
I know time shares and this was way above that. being very vague and would only talk if my wife and myself were on the phone together. They got our info from a pet expo we went to. We thought we would win Petsmart or other pet related gifts. I will never sign up for ANYTHING again.
the callers name was JOSIE.
They called again this evening at 8:32 pm. I answered this time to get them to stop. When the girl asked for a name close to mine, I told her that my number is on the 'Do Not Call' list. She replied, 'It is?' I advised it has been on the Do No Call list since it's inception. I will have to say she was very polite, apologized and said she would note that on my record. Too bad - I still filed another complaint with the Do Not Call complaint log at www.donotcall.gov
they calledme everynight for the past two weeks.i finally answered and they told me i won too. there must be no losers in that contest.what a scam.
I was getting calls every 10 minutes last night from this number. The last call came in at 9:52 pm - which is past the time telemarketers are allowed to call. I am going to report them to the FCC for calling so late.
they have been calling the past couple of days in the evening every hour, even after 9:00...grrr - I have 2 little ones.
the first time, the man left a msg that "mrs b" (me) has won a vacation with $125 gift card, we will be calling back in an hour. he also mentioned that i entered the contest at a hunting/fishing show. i wasn't even there (my husband was). i finally answered tonight and told him we didn't enter any contest for a vacation, that i wasn't even there and my husband thought he was entering to win a truck. he said "oh, but this is even better than a truck! i am entitled to offer you..." i cut him off here. i said "and i am entitled to ask you to never call back here again". silence.
Pennsylvania Feb 25th, 2009
they call everyday 5-6 times
i tried to tell them today to stop calling my house but they just got rude
and they were very unprofessional
Pennsylvania Feb 06th, 2009
This is a scam. They offer an expense paid vacation to a resort in Virgina. they said i won a contest, but I had to put down $75. no legit contest required purchase or deposit. They claim to give a $125 when you arrive, plus the $75 deposit. The woman i was speaking to claimed it was a $200 gift (125 + 75). i dont understand how the $75 dollars is a gift if I am giving it to them and then they are giving it back. i explained this but she was unable to comprehend how it was not really a gift of $200. i played along and annoyed the hell out of her. she asked about my previous travel experience. i told her i've never stayed in a hotel. she asked about my last vacation. i told her i was camping in a tent. she asked how much the camp grounds cost, i told her it was more like squating on people's vacant property as a hobo/drifter. she didnt understand this. she asked for credit card information for the $75 dollar deposit. i told her that i have no credit cards or bank accounts. she asked why. i told her that i didnt trust the banks and i keep my money in a box under my bed. "why ever would you do that?" - she was dumbfounded. anyways, eventually she realized i was f*cking with her and she hung up on me. pretty hilarious.
District of Columbia Feb 03rd, 2009
recieved call at 5:15PM from women claiming to be letting un know we won a prize that we entered at Wings over Greenville, in Greenville, NC. Unsure if this is a scam or not, but she is to call back at 7PM message said. Will keep you all posted...
Called at 5:30 PM. Did not leave a message.
My husband and I signed up at a pet store in VA Beach to win a fish tank. We recieved a call from this phone number at 9:50 at night and the guy was very rude. We asked to be taken off of his call list and he replied that WE were the ones who signed up for a contest and that gave him permission/every right to keep calling us. The entry form had no print besides name/address/phone. The caller was very combative and persistant, no legit company would act like that nor call late at night. BEWARE THIS IS A SCAM
We also received a call from this number. It was from a Bike Run that we went on and signed up in a contest. We'll let you know what happens.
Pennsylvania Nov 26th, 2008
Vac villa resort called at 9:30pm offered us two day package two a resort after a 90 minute pitch. Wanted 75 dollars to reserve the spot. Sounded like a scam we hung up on them.
California Oct 29th, 2008