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susanm



Joined: 31 Oct 2013
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Location: Helensburgh, Scotland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:26 pm    Post subject: Exotic Holiday Rentals Reply with quote

Just had a rather strange call from someone at 'Exotic Holiday Rentals' in London claiming to have two sets of guests (from Australia and Denmark) who wanted to stay at my property for more than three weeks each in September/October. I was very suspicious (nice as it is here, a 3+ week holiday....I don't think so!!) and immediately I said I don't take bookings via agents. He said he wasn't an agent.....so I told him to get his 'guests' to call me directly in that case. Anyway, after me probing some more (and trying to understand his very poor English) I hung up.
Anyone else had a call?
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FelicityA



Joined: 05 Nov 2010
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Location: Cotswolds

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I have had them ring me some time ago. Honestly I get so many calls from India I can't remember who rang when and mostly I put the phone down on them before they even get a chance to start to explain. They were most likely trying to get you to list on their scammy, spammy, website for some "special price" so they were trying to excite you with their mythical guests to reel you in. Generally, I am sorry to say, if you hear an Indian accent, it is a scam in the making (the Microsoft scam being a particular case in point).
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AngloDutch



Joined: 11 Jul 2014
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Location: Netherlands

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received a call from a Croatian Mobile number (00 385 99 2164813), with an Indian-sounding lady saying that she had guests who wanted to book our farmhouse in October and November. When I asked the name of the company, she confirmed it was 'Exotic Holiday Rentals'. The same sales pitch, the same scam and no doubt a call center somewhere on the South Asian subcontinent using call routing. I told her I would connect her to our Vice President Ronald Trump and then transferred her to our call blocker.. Twisted Evil
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greenbarn



Joined: 30 May 2009
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Location: The Westmorland Dales, Cumbria

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AngloDutch wrote:
I told her I would connect her to our Vice President Ronald Trump....


Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse - Donald Trump and Ronald McDonald’s love child... Shocked
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Joanna



Joined: 23 Aug 2007
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Location: Chester, North West England & Sidmouth, East Devon

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Very Happy Very Happy
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Sarlat Lady



Joined: 12 Jun 2016
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Location: Sarlat, Dordogne

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just had an Indian lady call me from Exotic Holiday Rentals telling me she had guests lined up to fill all my dates for October, November, December and wanting me to pay 280€ per year to list on their website after about 15 minutes of sales pitch. I said I wouldn't pay that for a well established listing site, never mind one that only had one listing for my entire department. When I suggested she give me a 6 month free trial she said it was against their rules and regulations, however "if you will just pay the registration fee..." at which point I hung up...
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