In the survey, if you indicate that you and your partner are above 25, have combined salary of $5000, and own credit card/s, you'd be entitled to a scratch-and-win lucky draw.
The teenager would jump in joy saying how lucky you are, as he'd be able to get commission of up to $150 if you go and collect your prize.
He brings you to his manager, who congratulates you, then asks that you go to a travel exhibition-fair-talk-thingy down Orchard Rd (Faber House near OG, or anywhere else). If you stay for at least 60-80mins, you'd get your gifts and the teenager would get his commission.So off you go, out of pity for the boy and curiosity to check out the fair
Interestingly, there's a lucky draw. There'd be a few sets of 4 digits at the counter, and if your credit card's last 4 digits match, you'd win shopping vouchers. This is when they can take the chance to verify that you do have credit cards.
They'd show you some cut-out pictures and floor plans of suites you'd
be getting if you purchase their membership package.
When you feel that the deal is good and you sign, a bell will ring and everyone there would clap and welcome you into the club. They'd even offer great discounts and 0% interest free instalments. You even get a free welcome gift like a dvd player.
You leave thinking you got a good deal, then try to book your holidays. Only to realise that you can't get your holidays booked even if
you're 6-8months early. Or your accomodation is only 3 star, not 4/5 star.
You want to cancel your membership as you don't really have a chance to use it, but as you're bound by the contract. They threaten to sue you if you breach the contract. You're trapped and go on paying the membership, as well as yearly maintenance fees of a few hundred sing dollars at least.
Touting is illegal in Singapore anyway! We need to boost our tourism too! How can we allow these people with ill-intentions spoil our clean and lawful image?
Tourists who are conned can get a refund from Singapore Tourism Board (STB) though.
Beware of people doing surveys around shopping strips (e.g. Orchard Rd) and giving away free prizes. They will attempt to con you into attending a 45 minute presentation and coercing you to buy into a "holiday timeshare" scheme.
The lure is extremely tempting: free holidays, a digital camera, gift vouchers etc. I've heard stories of people being held up in an office for hours while being given the HARD sell. They are unrelenting and will not take "NO" for an answer.
If you are approached by one of these people kindly tell them that you are flying out of Singapore in a few hours and have no time to take up their offer. These spruikers will happily tell you that they get $10 for every person they recruit.
Again, do NOT under any circumstances be tempted by their free gifts - there is a hefty price to be paid if you do not heed this warning.