FREE CLUB MAHINDRA HOLIDAY VOUCHER SCAM
Free Club Mahindra Holiday Voucher Scam
No matter what, don’t fall for the free club Mahindra Holiday Voucher scam. As per my experience, there are no free lunches and perks in life. I had gone for one such invitation plainly out of curiosity one day. I have no idea that the fraud is waiting for me. The real surprise for me was the customer service that these people gave me and giving the bad name to the Mahindra Group. I wonder what Anand Mahindra would have to say about the same. As a matter of fact, the feedback has to reach him too.
So here’s how it goes. A guy calls up to say you are among the lucky people chosen for a 3D2N stay at any of Club Mahindra’s ‘resorts’ anywhere in the country absolutely free. He emphasizes the words ‘resorts’, ‘anywhere in India’ and ‘free’ several times in the call. He tells you there are no hidden charges whatsoever and all you need to do is come for a presentation at a 5star hotel in your city or an adjoining city.
From that time till the time you arrive at the presentation you get several calls from a guy from ‘operations’ who keeps asking whether all is going as planned and you are coming. He literally guides you to the hotel and tells you to call him the moment you reach.
Once u reach there you find out that operations guy was never there but was calling from another city. You a greeted by complete strangers who scrutinize you from various angles to size up your creditworthiness.
They ask you to fill out a long-form and capture your data. Then a sleazy and upstart sales guy approaches you and gives a plateful of crap about how bad is the Mahindra holiday voucher scam are.
He seems unhappy to see that you don’t look impressed by his speech and that you’ve traveled abroad several times.
He forces you to sign up for a 25-year holiday package and shell out close to 5 lacs on the spot as this offer is valid only on that day!!
When you tell him that it’s not practical to make a decision like that when you hardly know these people, he loses interest and is angry that you’re not buying his package.
So much so about the presentation. Now about the strings attached offer of the free holiday voucher. Turns out they had actually lied about the no hidden clauses thingy as this so-called voucher is applicable in some 3-star hotels of Mahindra and not the resorts all over India that were promised earlier! When you point out this lie to the sleazy sales guy he simply retorts that the person who called us made a mistake and he can’t do anything about that!
When you point out that by doing this he is bringing a bad name to the Mahindra group as this defeats the purpose of this brand-building exercise since you will never forget this poor customer service experience and will recount it to your near and dear ones so they can be wary, Mr sales guy will patronisingly look at your iPhone and educate you that iPhone is too big to be affected by a few bad customer reviews and that same is the case with the Mahindra group and its holidays!!
You swear never to go for such invitations even out of curiosity next time and return home.
A few days later when you are about to trash the free voucher you decide to log in to club Mahindra website to see if you can still expect any honesty from what is left of the tarnished image of this group, not surprisingly you find all club Mahindra 3 star hotels already booked on all days throughout the year!!
You decide to thank the operations guy who made you go through this wonderful experience but naturally, he listens to your experience and then says he’s actually not that guy we spoke to but will try to arrange a call back that never comes!!
Comments on Mahindra Holiday Voucher Scam
Thanks for sharing. I suspected it.
I received at least one call a month asking me and my spouse for the presentation in the hotel and free holidays and free movie tickets and blah blah. They disconnected the phone each time I said I am out of town.
It was my big mistake sharing my name and mobile number to a small Club Mahindra form handed over by a gas station.
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