Different types of marketing strategies have evolved in recent times. Telemarketing is very powerful and direct means of providing information and motivation to people so that they can reach out for the credit cards and shell out the money that the person on the telephone wants. Many times these are quite direct, at times not so. Today I got a telephone call from representative of country vacations. The lady on the telephone said that I have won 2 gifts. She said that it is the prize of the lucky draw outside Vishal Mall in Cuttack. Well I believed that, why shouldn’t I. I am getting a kitchen set and a holiday package for a married couple worth Rs 24,000. The offer is valid for coming seven years. I can choose a destination from four locations. They are Goa,Kerala, Shri Lanka, Indonesia. The only requirement is a married couple who will attend a session or seminar of 1 1/2 hours. I’m single. So I nominated my parents. But the last clause made me wonder why on earth they need one and half hours? I got the call when I was in hospital. At night I came to my house and searched the net. Then I found an ongoing discussion that details the fraud that this company is doing. The discussion is about how this company is luring people to pay for holiday packages that are supposed to be free gifts. Many people complain that they got similar type phone calls that they have won two gifts. But when the married couple goes for the seminar did try to convince them that they should shell out some money. Some people who just wanted the kitchen set never received it. And people who have enrolled for a bigger holiday package got poor service. Many who agreed to pay Rs 3000 never received the confirmation. In a nutshell the company is a fraud. Now my problem is that I had made some mental plannings about the visit. But the best part is I learned a lesson without making the mistake myself.
So beware of these people, you never know when you are going to get the call.
Bye for now.
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