We rarely get these scams so this one was a real novelty for us. It came in one of those envelopes that look very official with the short ends that the recipient has to tear off and the mottled privacy panel inside. Here's what was inside.
"FLY WITH ANY US AIRLINE
July 11th, 2014
(accurate name and address)
NOTE: you must respond no later than August 1st, 2014.
Dear (first name),
I am pleased to inform you that you have qualified for an award of (2) round-trip airline tickets. These tickets are for travel anywhere within the continental United States departing from any major international airport . In addition, you will receive two (2) nights at any one of over 1000 Marriott Hotel locations. The retail value of this award is up to $1,398.00
Because previous attempts to reach you have been unsuccessful, this correspondence will serve as your final notification.
PLEASE CALL ME AT 1-855-723-2978
Guest Services Manager"
Please note. Apart from Marriott, nowhere on this mailing was the name or logo of any company whatsoever. There is a disclaimer on the reverse stating that 'this promotion is not sponsored by or affiliated with Marriot'. Curious. The disclaimer also stated that 'taxes, restoration fees and/or processing fees are the responsibility of the recipient'. That's where they get you.
I included the phone number in this post because I searched it. My, the search provided a
considerable amount of fun.
Has anybody else here gotten this one?