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    Urgent!: Did I win a Tablet or is this a scam?

    Today I got this in the mail:
    Congratulations
    First Name Last Name (will not disclose mine for security reasons)
    We have a gift waiting for you! A Touchpad Tablet,
    Complete with new Android software.

    Bonus
    For calling today, you will also receive a
    $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card.

    1-732-xxx-xxxx (gave area code, will not disclose rest of number for security)
    Tuesday-Friday from 1PM-8PM
    Confirmation Number:............

    Return address was P.O. Box in West Palm Beach, FL, is this real or should I ask others if this is legitimate or a scam? Any help here is greatly appreciated guys.

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    No harm in calling it up, but they'll pry ask for a credit card to 'verify' who you are, in which case its a scam. Or they'll try to get you to buy something else. No harm if calling to see tho.

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    Scam. If you call they may ask for your card number. I suckered myself a couple of years ago. Lost $25 from somebody dealing with walmart for some laptop deal (letter looked official though). Good thing payday was the next day, so what ever. Lesson learned

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    Has a voucher saying I need to go to Direct Buy of Edison NJ for a "90 minute visitation", that's required. "Retail value of the Touchpad is $249"...sounds like opening a can of worms here...
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    Sounds like they are trying to get you into a time share presentation... they usually would recruit you using some sort of a gift card or a gift, Time Share sales people are aggressive, very good in persuading you into buying a time share as if it will change your life upside down..

    Considering the price drop in Touchpads recently it makes sense they try to use those to lure people in.. you might actually get one, but trust they will make you pay for it by trying to sell you something you should absolutely stay away from..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpiarull View Post
    Has a voucher saying I need to go to Direct Buy of Edison NJ for a "90 minute visitation", that's required. "Retail value of the Touchpad is $249"...sounds like opening a can of worms here...
    Not a Timeshare presentation, Direct Buy discount wholesale club. You will be talked into buying a membership. Costs thousands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpiarull View Post
    Has a voucher saying I need to go to Direct Buy of Edison NJ for a "90 minute visitation", that's required. "Retail value of the Touchpad is $249"...sounds like opening a can of worms here...
    I have gone to several of these presentations for different companies. I go in, listen to what they say, politely decline to join, then take my gift or gift card and thank them for their time.

    There was one where one of their "presenters" got upset with me for saying no and I guess he realized I only came for the $100 prepaid visa, and he got an attitude with me. I brought it to his boss's attention that I was invited to come listen and the free gift was offered with no obligation to buy and I didn't appreciate the attitude. So, they tacked on another $50 and apologized. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle King 76 View Post
    I have gone to several of these presentations for different companies. I go in, listen to what they say, politely decline to join, then take my gift or gift card and thank them for their time.

    There was one where one of their "presenters" got upset with me for saying no and I guess he realized I only came for the $100 prepaid visa, and he got an attitude with me. I brought it to his boss's attention that I was invited to come listen and the free gift was offered with no obligation to buy and I didn't appreciate the attitude. So, they tacked on another $50 and apologized. :-)

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    And they usually have reeeeallly good food at those things too!

    To OP. Nobody has brought this up, but the touch pad comes stock with webos not Android, just thought I'd point that out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubiksc00p View Post
    And they usually have reeeeallly good food at those things too!

    To OP. Nobody has brought this up, but the touch pad comes stock with webos not Android, just thought I'd point that out!
    Good catch. I just skimmed right over that part and focused on his general question but you are correct. The Touchpad does not run on Android so if that is what the flyer said, either it is a scam or they just don't know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpiarull View Post
    Today I got this in the mail:
    Congratulations
    First Name Last Name (will not disclose mine for security reasons)
    We have a gift waiting for you! A Touchpad Tablet,
    Complete with new Android software.

    Bonus
    For calling today, you will also receive a
    $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card.

    1-732-xxx-xxxx (gave area code, will not disclose rest of number for security)
    Tuesday-Friday from 1PM-8PM
    Confirmation Number:............

    Return address was P.O. Box in West Palm Beach, FL, is this real or should I ask others if this is legitimate or a scam? Any help here is greatly appreciated guys.

    This is usually the marketing technique or consumer hook that companies are using to get your digest on products. If you get anything involving the dreaded credit card info, sail on. In most cases you will get the product but in the end your email is loaded with free offers and marketing hell. You've been selected! lol I've made the mistake once years back trying to get the ipad as it was being beta tested. Needless to say it was real but I haven't had a moments peace in two years without having to unsubscribe to these markets that most I never knowingly signed up for. Dont get me wrong, you can get lots of free merchandise if you pay other people for a service and or fill out applications for credit and etc..How about the 1000$ Walmart gift card or the God awful cruise calls. When i hear that damned tug boat or ship horn I frickin cringe! Anyway, if you have the time and resources it doesn't hurt to call but it may follow you if they get any info. And trust me. I know they must have some good literate people tracking data and what not to have gotten some of this info...peace!

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