How it works:
- Opening: a tout offers you a chance to enter a free sweepstake, and lo and behold, you win a free vacation! To redeem the vacation however, you have to join for dinner on a boat cruise around the Bosporus. Wow, you think, as you are getting a free a vacation, a free dinner, and a free Bosporus cruise!
- Set-up: at the dinner however, you realize that none of these are true. There, you have to attend a 90 minutes timeshare presentation and will be subject to high pressure sales tactics. You cannot leave early since you are out on the waters. Dinner has to be paid and it is not cheap – this is to cover the boat rental charge.
- Prize: there is also no free vacation. Even if there is, there will probably be numerous terms and conditions that make it not worth it.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Decline if you are not interested as it is generally a waste of time. Only go if you are clear about what you are getting into.