At Wet'n'Wild yesterday I was duped by a scam artist. The man's name was Luke and he claimed to give away scratchies for The Holiday Club as part of a "competition", but so far my research shows that there is no real element of luck with these scratchies (eg I can find full T&Cs with a permit number for this sort of competition in VIC and NSW for a company called "Classic Escapes" - classicescapes.com.au/full-terms-and-conditi… and classicescapes.com.au/full-terms-and-conditi… - I can't find anything for The Holiday Club or for Queensland and there is no permit number printed on the ticket). Both us got a scratchie, mine won, my partner's didn't. According to what was written down, I could win $2000 cash, holiday accommodation, or an LCD TV. According to what Luke SAID, 15 TVs or $450 vouchers at Harvey Norman were given away a week, one lot of $2000 was given away a month, and "the rest" were holiday vouchers. He said they were regulated by the Australian Trading commission and so had to give away all prizes, but without a permit number this "competition" is clearly a fraud.
The paperwork I was given lists no ABN or official website for The Holiday Club, and the address is a convention room in the Gold Coast, all of which makes me wonder if this company is legit at all. Luke also said he was "sponsored by Harvey Norman" but so far I can't find any evidence of that.
In the end he took $20 of mine as a "deposit" for the prize, which I won't be getting back as I'm not wasting the time and petrol down from Brisbane to attend their information session (which I suspect will actually be a high-pressured sales pitch lasting much longer than the promised 90 minutes). I appreciate that's my choice and my loss, as was the choice to hand the money to Luke in the first place. He was a fast talker and even though logic didn't fit what he said ("you need a $20 deposit so they can reserve your prize,". We asked, "how do they know what the prize is yet if my chances are of $2000 cash, holiday accommodation or LCD TV?". His answer, "oh they have everything". I know, I know... now after not much time spent thinking on the conversation).
From what I can tell, what is written on paper is legal and you will get your deposit back if you go to their session. You may even get a week's holiday somewhere relatively cheap if you're willing to sit through hours of high-pressure sales pitches and pay your airfare. But there is no competition, it's all planned and everyone "wins", except the ONLY prizes are holiday vouchers. So what Luke SAYS is a lie. Have fun at Wet'n'Wild but do beware anyone waving scratchies at you.
I know this is old news for some. But it's not for many and people need to know this is still happening today.