Did you receive a Final Notice from Google stating that verification of delivery information is required? My Daughter did, and she’s not anywhere close to 18. It’s a misleading letter sponsored by The Resorts of Tullymore & St Ives, 9900 St. Ives Dr. Stanwood, MI 49346 1-800-972-4837.
It looks official, comes with the Google Font, has the android logo and congratulates my child on winning a new tablet pc who is still in grade school! Here is the text…
Congratulations, our promotional department shows that you have been awarded a new Google Tablet complete with New Android Software!
Out records indicate that by responding within 72 hours, you will also receive a $100 Restaurant Gift Card Valid at many area restaurants.
To claim this special offer, simply call this toll free number!
Mon – Sun 9am – 9om
offer number 3899
On the back of the mail, it shows
PO Box 20389
West Palm Beach, FL 33416
Inside the winning notice, Tullymore St Ives Stanwood is shown on the back of what looks like a winning ticket.
The Resorts of Tullymore St Ives
9900 St. Ives Drive
Stanwood, MI 49346
Call for details. Certain restrictions apply. Must be employed full time. This promotion is not sponsored by or affiliated with Google or Android, but they are major suppliers. Recipient is responsible for shipping and handling charges.
In reviewing similar misleading mail from the same company posted on the internet, it seems this is a way to get you in for a 90 min presentation on their membership, perhaps Tullymore St Ives Stanwood is trying to drum up membership? There is mention that the free laptop is really just a Skytex SX-E760 7 inch sceen Super Slim Mini-Laptop which you’ll have to pay an activation fee of $30 and about $60 in shipping and handling plus give away your personal information! (the SX-E760 can be purchased for $99 without dealing with these people – not a good unit if you ask me) – and – the $100 restaurant gift card is only valid at resorts similar to Tullymore St Ives Stanwood requiring you to listen to a sales pitch.
Notice how the Tullymore St Ives Stanwood notice states that you must be employed full time? It also says “sample” so that it’s invalid and although they say in fine print they are not associated with Google, they claim they are a major supplier which many may believe that Google is indeed working with them.
It’s all extremely misleading, from the fonts, to logos and wording. Google touches a lot of people these days so playing off the Google name makes it easier to trick you into visiting a resort or timeshare and getting locked into something you could later regret.
Be careful out there! Times are tough and a lot of struggling companies employee all kinds of deceptive techniques to make money, even sending an award notice to children!
By the way, did you notice the barcode in the picture? Want to know how to figure out what it says? Simply use this Intelligent Mail Barcode Decoder :)