GIRLS BEWARE! WHEN YOU SIGN UP TO WIN 'FREE VACATIONS, PRIZES' YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR A NIGHTMARE TO HAPPEN.
I attended the February 11, 2007 Bridalrama Showcase in Cincinnati, OH. It was my first time and I was thrilled that I would have so many opportunities to be able to win a free trip or free anything for that matter.
I registered with a couple dozen booths there that were giving away vacations and what not.
Lo and Behold a week or so later, a company by the name of Florida Travel Enterprises called me up on February 22nd around 3pm EST and said that when I had registered to win a trip from Bridalrama in Cincinnati, OH, I had been chosen as one of the 67 people to win this trip in honor of Mickey Mouse’s Birthday or something to that effect, and that all I had to do to hold my tickets was to pay $398. Which sounds great since the trip supposively retailed for $2500 and any bride would be looking to save a buck or two right?
Well the woman on the other line was definitely a pro scam artist (Cheryl- or so she says), went on and on about how I would get tickets to a Sterling Casino Cruise, and would stay at the Ramada Inn Plaza, and tickets to Disney World with everything I could possibly want included, even alcohol among other things. After I had given them my account number, I had a sick feeling that it was too good to be true and would later be assured that they were scamming me.
They charged my checking account $398 that evening (February 22nd). The following monday I called the company (after dozens of failed attempts over the weekend) and spoke with a Sarah Jane, she asked me if I had received my package yet and I explained that I hadn't received it, she then told me that all I would have to do is write 'Return to Sender/Cancelled' on the package in order to keep from incurring any postage costs.
Needless to say I didn't listen to this woman and opened the package only to find out, in writing, that in order to receive a refund I had to write an official Cancellation letter and send back my entire package.
I have sent both of these items back together in the same package(with regards in my cancellation letter to the Florida Statute 559.933) priority mail with delivery confirmation (it was delivered on Saturday March 3) I called the company on Thursday March 8th, and spoke with a woman (didnt get her name) and asked her when I could expect my refund to post to my account, she said it would post either Friday or Monday. Which sounded good to me.
Everything was fine until Sunday morning around 11am a man (didn't say his name) called and harassed me, he said "This is Florida Travel Enterprises, and I am calling you regarding your cancellation notice, you can take Section 559.933 and shove it up your ass, you little ***" and hung up on me. I immediately cancelled my check card, and made a claim with my back regarding this merchant as a fraud. I've also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Also filed a complaint of harrassment with the local police station just in case a record of what happened is needed later on.
THIS IS JUST AN ALERT TO ALL BRIDES OUT THERE, LIKE ME...DON'T GET SCAMMED!!!!!!This company goes by Florida Travel Enterprises phone: 1-888-871-6461 also 727-526-9195 Website: http://www.floridatravelenterprises.com/</P >
I attended a wedding event this past weekend. I just received a similar offer. I too thought it was a great deal and thought that since he gave me his license number it would all be legitimate. I even called florida licensing and verified the number. The numbers you listed at the bottom match those given to me as well however of 'offer' was a little different. Also they called themselves Paradise Resorts and Accommodations but when you look them up online they are both the same.