I just received a call informing me I'd been selected to receive a paid vacation plus $100 in gasoline vouchers. The only this I needed to do was preview 3 offers, be charged a one-time fee of 2.95 billed to my debit card and cancel within 7 days of receiving the package at my mailing address.
If I chose to continue the offers, which were described as "Travel Pass, " "ValuePass, " and "Home Appliance Protector, " I would be billed a per month charge of $29.95, $29.95 and $24.95 respectively.
I was taken through a recorded verification system in which I had to clearly state yes in agreement to the terms read (it sounded like a voice-modification device was used for the recorded voice!).
I WAS given three toll free numbers and was assured by the real person, "Jim, " that I could call and cancel at any time. The numbers are 1-866-682-7658, 1-866-684-3931 and 1-800-456-7576.
I called the first one immediately, and was told that I had reached "Orangewood Long Distance." They said they were not connected with TravelPass or ValuePass. The second number reached the same recording as the first, but before I could talk with a person, I was cut off with a message that I had "insufficient minutes for this call" (!).
Only the third number was what was promised and the gentleman I talked to told me that I was not in the system yet, that sometimes it would take up to a week, to call back then.
I don't know if this is the same scam, but I plan to put a hold on my card tomorrow.