Premium Destinations , Global Connections. While I was on vacation in the Daytona Florida area, They tried to sell me a membership with their vacation club. The initial purchase price was 14,900, which would include 6 weeks at the destination that I picked. In order to use just one of the weeks, I needed to pay an annual fee of $349. If I didn't use any weeks, then no fee. For each week that I chose, an additional fee of $149 was required. I currently have a time share that I pay 508 per year to use. In order to stay at my current time share, I would have to pay $518. When I said no, they continued to drop the price and the number of weeks offered down to one week for about $3200.00. They are selling a dream, and not reality. They say the state law of Florida only allows them to offer their great deals while you are there, and are unable to offer the deal once you walk out the door. I asked if I could think it over, and come back, and they said no. Their offer was a one time offer, and if I walked out, then the offer was off the table. What kind of business will not let you think over their great offer. If it's such a great deal, then it should be offered all the time, without the high pressure sales tactic. I will avoid any future offers from this High Pressure dream seller. For anyone considering buying from this company, I would like to remind them of the phrase "Buyer beware."
I agree I was just there and I got a similar offor if it sounds too good it is
Thanks, Ken, for the reminder. I appreciate you taking the time to walk through what happens at these presentations. They aren't total scams, but they might be "barely legal" and they certainly are misleading. I'd managed to block out the last experience that my husband and I had at one of these things; not the same company, but exactly the same procedure! In the end, we never used the tickets precisely because of what you said - we would've had to send in money and end up paying money on the other end as well. Also, the "major destinations" turned out to be a lot of places we weren't interested in visiting considering "the hoops we'd have to jump through" in the process, as you mentioned. Not worth the effort. I actually had just made an appointment to visit the Mansfield office (at 8 pm on a Thursday night!) and am canceling that appointment after wisely coming online and checking for reviews.
Funny, I got a call today from Premium Destinations claiming that I won a raffle we entered and all we had to do was come down to get the prize. I was assured there would be no presentation or anything - just needed my husband and I to come and get the prize. They had the "manager" call back to confirm the information I was told. When I questioned about not having to watch a presentation, this "manager" said the whole process of picking up my prize would take 90 minutes since we would need to watch something first. I wouldn't trust Premium Destinations. No business should be calling, falsely claiming that you won a vacation and promise there is no catch and then when probed they tell you that you have to watch a presentation. Just this fact alone is the reason why I would not waste my time watching a presentation from your company - you shouldn't have to lie to get people there in the first place!
This is the email they sent me SCAM ARTISTS THEY ARE!!!!
Your federal student loan is in default, which has serious consequences. Before it's too late, we wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to get your loan back in good standing. The U. S. Department of Education offers several repayment plans that calculate your monthly payment based on your income, resulting in a more affordable monthly payment.
To take advantage of an income-driven repayment plan, contact your federal student loan servicer, DEPT OF ED SALLIE MAE, at 1-877-491-7460 today. You will likely qualify for an income-driven repayment plan if your total federal student loan debt exceeds your annual income. Under an income-driven plan, your initial payment could be as low as $0 per month.
What a total scam.
These people need to be brought to justice
It wouldn't matter even if they had a top BBB rating. The BBB sells As, as you can read in this news report. They're pretty much worthless and completely unreliable: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/business-bureau ... w.google.com%2F
You might of forgotten that they say they have an A+ rating but here is the truth.
http://www.bbb.org/central-florida/business-r ... ch-fl-121630677
They use their customer service address which has an A+ rating in KS
Smoke and mirrors
Happy I didn't buy into this
We just went to one of these events on Sunday and being someone with 15 years sales experience the presenter was constantly using emotional tactics to prey on the weak.
He even went so far as to play on the" Redsox winning the world series card" by telling us he was an ex pro who played for the KC Royals. Funny that I could't find anything on the internet regarding this.
He was constantly having people confirm his beliefs and even went down the road of "You can't take money with you so let me sell you memories" to which he played some illegal copy of clips taken from the Disney movie "UP" which was the worst editing I have ever seen as it jumped and skipped all over the place.
The presenter was more slippery than dear guts on a door knob and assured us that there would be no pressure to buy into this at the end.
The presentation was over and we were escorted to the next room where my sales guy who seemed quite nice had a quick conversation with the slippery presenter. 10 seconds later he slithered over to our table greeting me with a weak hand shake and a car salesmen's smile. I told him I was also a sales guy and to which he reply'd " I like salespeople as they give it to me straight".
To which I responded " Even if this was free I would not make a decision today just to let you know "
Any good sales person would see this as a sign of rejection and dig into this as I have never sold a deal that I didn't have to overcome objections. I expected him to do this but instead he signed the paperwork and stood up abruptly and turned to the next table with the same weak hand shake and cheesy smile without even saying a word to us which made my sales guy turn beet red.
Very unprofessional but I guess you pay for what you get.
They try too hard to convince people which is a red flag in my book and being Sandler (Sales Training) certified they seem to not care about objections which leads me to believe they are opportunists that really comes out to the trained eye.
Okay my fellow citizens.... I will attend the so called meeting its schedule for today October 24th 2013 at 5:45 pm in Mansfield MA. I will come back to this post and verify if this promotion is a scam or not. Im not affiliated to this company at all I live in RI and work in MA.
Two weeks ago I received what I thought at first glance it was a check... but it was some sort of promotion voucher for $1200 ish equivalent to 2 free airline tickets. I will report my findings.
Please be advised the address is:
800 S. Main Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
they can be found in Ormond Beach Fl. 100 E.Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach 32176 phone number 1-800-396-5620
I did a bit of digging on this company based on the information provided in this thread.
According to the Better Business Bureau , they have a rating of D- with 57 complaints.
http://www.bbb.org/central-florida/business-r ... ch-fl-121630677
Global Connections has a rating of A+, but has 104 complaints within the last 3 years.
http://www.bbb.org/kansas-city/business-revie ... rk-ks-97030227/
Premium Destinations has an alternate business name of:
Premium Destinations North East LLC
It may or may not be helpful to you, but the contact information for the company's main principles are listed in the first link to BBB.
Suggest you file complaints with the FTC and your states attorney general, maybe others like the DOJ etc.
We got the invitation...and drove to Mansfield for the presentation....bought into it at the minimal level....THIS IS A SCAM....and I want to bring these people and the WHOLE organization down! Can you help in any way? I am so angry!
I am going forward with reporting this place...but I would love to have more "evidence" from others that have been scammed....can you provide me any information? I do not want any other hard working people to be scammed by these people!
GOOD FOR YOU JEN! I wish I had listened to my intuition! Lucky that you did not buy into it! PLEASE warn anyone you know!!
YOU ARE WRONG....we went to the presentation...bought into it....and THIS IS A SCAM....please call me to discuss if you think otherwise! I am going to report them to the Attorney General's office on fraud...and I am also going to report Global Discovery to the Attorney Generals office on fraud in Florida!! Shame on them all!
Sure they did, you work there and share in the spoils of stealing from your victims. Shameful. And you're stupid too if you think anybody on here believes your BS.
Is this what you wanted to be when you grew up? A professional thief? Shameful.
This vacation club treated us so good! We have been on three vacations this year and the resorts are beautiful!
If you like to travel,you can't beat it!
Just got back from a presentation from Premium Destinations. Not only was it a total scam, when our salesperson realized he was not making the sale, he became extremely rude and aggressive. Another employee, a manager, saw what was happening and quickly came over to settle him down but continued with the sales pitch. She told "Peter" to leave and said that he would be suspended. By this time, my wife was in tears because of this freak's outrageous behavior and we got up to leave. The manager continued her shameless pursuit of the sale and followed it up with the packet for our two "free" airline tickets that we have to send $4.95 processing and then $50 person. After that we must allow 4-6 weeks and then also pay taxes and fees. IT IS A TOTAL SCAM!! The whole presentation was done by some sleaze named Cesar whose suit was way too small for him and his lame attempt at humor made my wife and I uncomfortable. We will pass on the airline tickets and when the manager calls us tomorrow to apologize again and pursue the sale, we will let her know that we will Tweet, Yelp, FB and call the BBB to explain our experience with this group of losers.
Several years ago I have been attending such presentation with all kind of free stuff and discounted deals.
I refused purchasing any of those packages and made mad the agents that were assigned to convince us to use our major credit cards.
Last week other organization of jerks send us a $1.359 offer from US Airlines and invited us to the presentation in Mansfield, MA. For driving 68 miles to that place we were offered an additional 3 day hotel package for $12 /night!!!! What generous people:))) Now we just have to attend the meeting, give them a major credit card and get SCAMMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am wandering why the General Attorney of MA let's these idiots to scam people at such a large scale.
Why the jerks are not arrested and sent to justice?
I would post the name of the scammers but I don't have patience to wait for email confirmation (they just promised to send me driving direction to their office located at 800 South Main Street, Suite 03LL, Mansfield, MA). Does this sound familiar?
I am disgusted about how this fraud is threated by authorities o in this country:(
I attened the presentation yesterday. It was ok and I probably would have bought into it but it just wasnt right for me at this time.That said Im now glad I didnt. They say that there isnt any preasure to buy and that they dont care if you buy or not. (BULL) During the presentation we were told that the first person to sign up will get a 2000 dollar discount. The cost of a 4 star package was around 11090 for a 10 year membership. But if you buy today you can get a lifetime membership that is transferable to anybody at any time for 7990. After the presentation we were sat down and the sales guy brought over his boss who told us that he would give us a better deal. We could buy the 4 star program for the cost of a 2 star program. That ment we would pay 5990 for a transferable lifetime membership plus we would get 4 expressway opertunities per year instead of only 2. He would also give us a 1 week stay in Hawii and no fees for the first year. Our salesman told us that he had never seen his boss give such a good deal to anybody. The price was finally brought down to 2990 for a 2 star membership and we could add on more stars for 1000 each at any time. When we told the salesman that we wernt going to buy he got his boss again. When he came over to our table you could see that he wasnt happy. The first thing he said was "You kept us here all this time and now your not going to buy?" So much for not caring if you buy or not. Then he told the salesman to just give us our gift so thay could get out of there. He gave us a certificate for airline tickets and another for 100 dollar cash back for gas or something. I just read the conditions for the airline tickets and cash back . You need to send in 30 dollars and jump through hoops to get the 100 dollar cash back and the airline ticket require you to send them money and stay atleast 3 nights at a participating motel. If any of this sounds inviting to you then enjoy your 90 minutes which turned into 3 hours.
I actually work for Global Connections which is what premium destinations is, in Mansfield... They tell you that when you get there. I notice none of you are members. I also have noticed that none of you complaining even attended the presentation. You can call it a scam all you want, but that is an uneducated opinion, not a fact. The same way people claimed the world was flat till someone actually checked it out and realized it wasn't. All I can say to people who have come upon this site to get more info on premium destinations or global connections is this... Don't take the word of people who have never even attended the presentation for it. Their bias mind is already made up. Keep an open mind, If you don't like it after the presentation then don't join it. It's that simple.
karen above is part of the scam! they go on sites like this and put in a positive comment. a very positive comment for those of you sitting on the fence about calling and giving your personal info.these people are very slick and know a percentage of people will google the phone number and find "karen's" positive review. dont fall for it! karen you are a scammer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Netbook? Netbook????? really!!!!????? what other bait do you wanna throw out there! how bout just saying they gave you a new house or car.... what a joke!!!! oh yeah in todays economy where companies are going out of business everday this one can afford to give hundreds of thousands of dollars of free stuff out for free... duhhhhhhh! NO WAY KAREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUH!!!!!!! YOU SUCK KAREN!!!!!! OR RAJ OR AMED OR WHATEVER YOUR REAL NAME IS....
Premium Destination also calls from (603) 718-1050
I received the postcard and followed through to see what it was. I received my airline tickets and a netbook from attending the presentation!
Just wanted to let you know that it isn't a scam!
I didn't get the call they want me to call this number. From what I gather on this post card and from what I read was. They want my credit card number and / or checking account number.
They sent me a post card i get a free Cruise 8/day 7 night blah blah blah
to get free airplane tickets I had to call within 48 hours.
Just got the postcard today. So glad I looked up the number. I knew it was a scam. Too good to be true. I can't believe they actually use Carnival and US Airlines.
Don't be stupid
If you received a postcard with this call back number, it is a SCAM They are now in Mansfield, Ma. Under the name Premium Destinations. 800 South Main St. Mansfield, Ma. click the following link:
http://800notes.com/~sys~/r/?eu=QWdhJnZtIXZtV ... 5yd3d3LvoDc0RHa