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Gold Coast / free gas card scam

Phoenix, AZ, United States Review updated:
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Received call from employee 32141 allegedly from Gold Coast International in Phoenix AZ. Heavy Indian accent. Very insistent. Assuring me I am going to be receiving a free $300 gas card for some reason - I think to do with using my Visa card - he was hard to understand. I figured it was a scam, but was curious as he kept insisting this was a free gas card, that would be delivered in 3 - 5 days. He verified my name and city and then he got to the "all you have to do is pay $4.90 for shipping and handling". I immediately said no thank you. He became even more insistent - why would I not want to spend $4.90 for $300 of free gas - I would not have to pay anything until I got the card. etc. etc. I hung up. We did not get as far as him asking for my credit card info. but I see from similar scams described on this site, that would have been next. Watch out!!
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Ma
  9th of Oct, 2008
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I decided to go through with it and see what happens... I was charged $1.95 and they said they would call me back in 30 min. I'll be watching my account closely.
Ma
  10th of Oct, 2008
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I gave them my credit info but didn't verify the transaction- said i didn't want the trial membership. (pay $3.95 to get a $300 gas card)

So far only a hold has been put on my account ($1.95) a normal thing to verify that it is a card.

they might be "legitimate, " but the moment you say "yes" you have to make sure you cancel the trial membership within a week. I don't want the headache. The service is not something I would want.

Its just another dumb (but "legitimate") gimmick to try to get you into a trial membership that you will have to battle to get out of.

I'll post again if they use my card in any way.
Ma
  10th of Oct, 2008
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They did call me over and over for an hour this morning but they said they would not call back. Hopefully no more problems.
83
  11th of Oct, 2008
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I just received a call from the same guy. Last week he called offering free tickets as long as I present two forms of ID. I told him no thank you! He called a few minutes ago saying I won a $300 gas card from Gold Coast Marketing. He said he got my number and address from services I purchased in the California area. I figured he purchased the data from somewhere. He also insisted on getting the $3.95. He even wanted me to purchase a prepaid credit card with at least $3.95 for shipping and handling for sending the gas cards. He said he would call back on Monday to see if I have the pre-paid card to pay for the shipping and handling. His number showed up on my caller ID and I am putting him on blast 909-842-9142. He is calling from Ontario, CA. I did report his number online for abuse. I think a copy goes to the FCC. He may be a telemarketer. I will tell him once again to remove me from his calling list or he should be fined.
Rh
  13th of Oct, 2008
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I just got off the phone with a rep. from Gold Coast. The most they asked for was the expiration date for my card to verify it was a valid card. Didn't give because I told him I didn't do that with my personal bank info. He said he would call me back by the end of the week to give me a chance to get a gift card. Has anyone paid the $3.90 to see what happens? I haven't seen anything that should it was a real scam.
To
  13th of Oct, 2008
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Just say "No". Once you've accepted the idea of receiving a free gas card, the caller connects you to a series of recorded offers for overpriced products such as Roadside Assistance, ID Theft prevention, Buyer's Club etc. If I said yes, the caller chimed in with an 800 number to call if I wanted to cancel before the free trial expires (at which time charges start). If I said "no" the caller still gave me an 800 number to call to avoid charges. There have been small charges ($1-4) from each offer almost immediately. There were to be no charges until the free trial period ended and only if I didn't cancel. I've cancelled all of them, have still seen some charges on my account and am tracking them down. Not sure exactly how to claim my $300 worth of gas but I am pretty sure I'll never see that. I new it sounded fishy (phishy?) and should have known better, but who doesn't want a free $300 gas card?
Me
  16th of Oct, 2008
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Im 19 and I just got a call from the same company, but it was not for a gas card instead it was for a 1, 00 shopping card. It was the same heavy accent I kept him on the phone for about twenty min. trying to explain that I did not have my prepaid card on me because they called my parents house and my card was at home. He asked if i could use my parents card ( if i wanted them to kill me maybe).
After a while he said " Miss if you dont want the card please just tell me and dont wast my time"
Me: then give me your home phone number and ill call you when i get home and give you my info then you can take it to work and enter it in the computers.
He responed with " Oh i cant do that"...
Me: Oh you mean you dont like people calling you at home?
Him: have a nice day...CLICK

I dont think he like my offer.
De
  18th of Oct, 2008
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Earlier this week I received two calls from Gold Coast. In the first call a "Frank Chiu" told me I won a free $1, 000 shopping spree because of my credit card usage. I know that you don't get something for nothing, but I listened to the spiel. This guy Frank Chu gave me his employee ID number, and told me I need to speak to his supervisor for verification purposes. I hadn't given him any info they didn't already have but wanted to see how far they would go. So I get transferred this guy with a Indian accent named "John" who gave me is employee ID number and told me that by charging $3.95 to a credit card they would ship me a card enabling me or anyone in my family to go on this $1, 000 shopping spree. I told him that I did not like the sound of it; he tried to become insistent, but I hung up on him.

The very next day I get a call saying that I won a free $300 gas card. Before the lady could get into her spiel, I asked her was this Gold Coast. She said, "Yes." I told her, "This is a scam" and hung up. Out of curiousity I tried to call back the number on the caller ID; it was in California when I was told the company was in Arizona. The recording said they they only call people whose names were given to them and if they called in error they were sorry.

The scary thing is that when I got these calls I was visiting a family member out of state. What I would like to know is how they got my name and family member's address because in the first call they told me my name, the address I was staying at, and they obviously had the phone number. I filed a report with the Federal Trade Commission and also with the Attorney General of the state I was visiting, as well as in CA and AZ.
Li
  19th of Oct, 2008
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I just got a call from Gold Coast. Head's up, the website they give is total bunk. I figured it was bunk from the get-go, but I'm curious about these things. I told them that I could send them a check for the $3.90 and then they could ship my $1000.00 shopping spree. I spoke with "Steve Black #10855" also with a heavy Indian, Sri Lankan or Bangladeshi accent. He told me they needed my card. I said I don't give my card info over the phone. He rambled on and on about how nothing would be charged until I authorized it. I asked, "But you need my card info over the phone?" He again evaded the question and rambled, cutting me off several times in his attempt to bulldoze me. I snapped, "Sir? It is a yes or no question. Do I have to give you my credit card number over the phone to get this?" He said, "Well, yes, but--" I said, "No thank you" and hung up on him as he started to yell at me.
Th
  20th of Oct, 2008
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Was just called and offered for 3.90 a 300.00 gas card.
Was really insistent - wanted my credit card number and I told
him not over the phone to strangers. I am so glad I did not do
this. He was telling me he was a christian and he would never
lie. He reads the Bible and so on and so on. But you could
hardly understand what he was saying. I told him let me
pray about this a minute and he was very insistent and I ended
up hanging up on him.
Be
  20th of Oct, 2008
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I got the same call, and when I said that I do not have a credit card, they said "how irresponsible" because they said my info had been forwarded by a marketing partner, and they show that I used my credit card/debit card recently. I insisted that I had just closed that acct, and that I did not have any credit cards or debit cards that are active, and they thanked me and hung up.

The number on my caller ID was 909-842-9148. Interesting enough, the first person calling identified himself as John Williams, then later in the call gave his name as Joe Hardy. When I asked why his name had changed, he insisted that he was Joe Hardy!

Thanks for this post...it did sound too good to be true...should have trusted my instincts, but reading other people's experience helped to confirm it!
Pe
  20th of Oct, 2008
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I'd recently been getting many calls from two numbers (626-259-5579, Pasadena, Calif. and 909-842-9142, Ontario, Canada, the latter of which is similar to the one that Beckiboo before me complained about.)

The caller had a heavy Indian accent, and said that I'd be getting a $300 gas card. I asked what company she was calling from, and seh said "Gold Coast." (What legitimate company does NOT introduce itself before trying to get your response or action on something?)

She said that this was not a sales call, I'm not obligated to buy anything, etc. but before she was to transfer me to someone else, I googled "gold coast" "gas card" and found you guys. I read about the $4.90 shipping and handling fee just before she told me I'd have to pay "one-time fee" of $3.90. Thanks for being here and for helping me avoid a scam!

Whoever thinks up these scams should be paying for my gas and wasted time out of their own pocket, since, they are no doubt getting tons of money from the gullible.
An
  20th of Oct, 2008
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Got smiilar call as those listed in last few days, from James at 909 area code, Indian accent, said he's from Goald Coast marketing in Phoenix, AZ, offering a $1, 000.00 shopping spree at any store given I use either a Visa, Mastercard, or Diner's Club. He 1st confirmed my name, mailing address, and type of card, all of which were incorrect but I let him believe it anyways, just to see how far this would go. He said that I get the $1, 000 if I respond to a mailing and then pay $3.90 for shipping. He then wanted to confirm my credit card expiration date and security code at which point I challenged him to prove why he needed this data. He said so that he could confirm my indetity and card ownership with my credit card company who would then mail the offer to me. End of conversation.
Ta
  20th of Oct, 2008
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I just got off the phone with Alex Parks "1125" from Gold Coast. He was just like the described above and got irritated with me when I would not give him my credit card number. THANK you for these complaints. The only way I got him to shut up and hang up on me is when I said, "oh, look at that. I just found you on the internet and it says 'free gas card scam." I started reading the complaint to him and he hung up on me. Thanks for the information.
Sh
  27th of Oct, 2008
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got this same call at dinner last night (sunday). This Mr. Brown was an idiot! This was the worst example of a telemarketing scam I have ever seen and if you were scammed then you should be ashamed of yourself. First red flag: freakin accent so heavy, 7-11 wont hire him and his name is Mr. Brown. COME ON. second red flag, no objections were ever overcome, you have to put my mind at ease before i give you my $3.90. But most importantly, hire an american...Oh having trouble finding americans to do your crappy telemarketing scams? Heres the reason why, unlike you(scammer) the average person wants to stay out of HELL! ...This type of situation makes it difficult for real phone solicitors, who have a neeeded product or service to make a living. thanks, Shane
Ma
  6th of Nov, 2008
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I got a call yesterday evening from "Sabio Anderson" ID #19045 at Gold Coast in Phoenix AZ, accent and all. They "got my name because I recently used my 'Plasticard' to buy gas or for shopping." They already had my correct address, but wanted my name so they could send me a $300 gas card. I would only have to pay $3.90 for shipping, AFTER getting the package. I asked why is a gas card so expensive to ship. I gave him my credit card expiration date, then he asked for the credit card number. I said no, I haven't got the package yet. He said we just need the number now, so we can charge it later. I refused. He transferred me to his "supervisor, " who insisted that he was honest and didn't want to be fired from his job if he did anything wrong. Finally I hung up, and wished I had hung up sooner.
Ma
  6th of Nov, 2008
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One more thing. The "supervisor" said if you don't feel comfortable giving me your credit card number, you can say it into a machine and it will come out to me as XXXX. Very creative!
St
  6th of Nov, 2008
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Ditto all that above, same guy, Indian type accent. 300.00 gas card for 3.90 shipping cause I used my debit card somewhere. Where I couldn't understand. I asked him what city he was in & he says Phoneix AZ. I Said how's the weather, he says's it's cool here in phoenix and I go yea right, he say's it's stays cold here most of time right?! Of course by then I knew it was bullcrap, so I kept em on the line for 30 min. or so. Very insistent, pushy and when I said look, I'm not interested, he starts yellin and screaming.
Ch
  7th of Nov, 2008
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Our name is Sunny Grover and Chandan Kumar. We work in Maitri solution ltd as a customer sales associate and saw there lot of scam going in US. How? They make the call in US citizens and say we are calling from gold cost, ez1 rate, gold cost vacation, key discount saving and you are going to receive 300$, 200$, 100$, gasoline voucher and 2 round trip air line tickets and US citizen’s take credit and debit card no then after take his verbal authorizing then they charged his bank account whatever they want something like 200$ and 250$.
You know why we are working there because we are student and belong to middle class family when we knew that about the scam we wanted to give up our job but they did not accept our resigning letter but also they did not give our salary.
There is running all process and we want that they can not work more if they work more, they will be making pool Americans and they will be charging whatever they want.Never ever give ur credit card no over the phone . This is our humble request.
Chandan Kumar (9999180723)
Sunny Grover (9990702847
Ka
  7th of Nov, 2008
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We've been getting these calls for three weeks now! Today "Tom" #30154 told me they can't charge my card unless they have the numbers from the back of the card. When I told him I'm a cashier and frequently take payment over the phone using only the expiration date and credit card number, he gave me some spiel about verbal authorization and I hung up. He called back saying "Miss Karen don't be nervous..." and my Mother-in-law hung up on him. I'm glad for this site cuz now I won't be wondering if I missed out on "free gas" as if that would ever happen! Thanks!!!

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