Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Indiatoday book club lottery - a 419 cheating

It is kind of 419 cheating by India today book club. In the name of a lottery of 60 Lakhs, they are selling books. If you buy books from india today book club, then you will become elgibile for this lottery. What is more, they say you will get 12k worth of gift vouchers for hotel and air tickets. Actually it is a cheating because the gift vouchers are not at all useful. read the following mail chain.

I would have not felt it as cheating if they have not told me about 12k worth gift vouchers. When you say gift, what do you expect? gifts are supposed to be free and delivered at home, but in case of ITBC (India Today Book club), It is altogether different.

Suggest me what kind of legal action we can initiate against ITBC/India Today to stop this 419 cheating.

Thanks
Harinath


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From: harinath
Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 1:12 PM
Subject: Fwd: india today book club /lottery
To: feedback@indiatodaybookclub.com


For your information.

Thanks
Harinath



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From: harinath
Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM
Subject: Re: india today book club /lottery
To: Ravinder Kumar Sharma , ITBC4U@indiatodaybookclub.com


Thanks for calling me and trying to clarify things. But I am not convinced. Not telling about terms and conditions in the beginning certainly amounts to cheating.

I am going to file a case against India today book club, just to make sure it will not happen to other customers of india today.

Thanks
Harinath



On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM, harinath wrote:

Hi,

There is lot of mis-information in this lucky draw thing.

I was NOT TOLD about
1. 800/- DD that i need to pay to india hotel reviews.com
2. There is a timegap of applying for the free gifts. looks like it must happen within 60 days from the invoice.
3. I need to send documents to multiple addresses. There is no single contact point to claim the free gifts.
4. And that I cannot claim the gift vouchers in most of the duration in the year. It is only on working days and off-season.
5. And that It I cannot choose the places I want, but there are only few places that one can opt for.


I feel that by not communicating the details properly and by creating lot of hurdles in the process (like free gifts were not enabled for me in the system (some number gets generated along with invoice but it didn't happen for me that way and took few weeks of follow up). India today book club has committed fraud.


I would like to escalate this issue first with indiatoday and ITBC (india today book club). Please do respond to this.

Please treat this communication as official and I will be producing the same with appropriate court/consumer reddressal forums.


Thanks
Harinath



On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 2:17 PM, Ravinder Kumar Sharma wrote:

Dear Mr.Mallepally,



I’ve heard the call and based on that the information that was given to you stands as mentioned below: -

* Sweepstakes Entry for Rs.60 Lacs lucky draw
* You are entitled for Rs.5000/- gift voucher against Holidays & Rs.7000/- against Air Ticket Fares.
* Rs.2600/- Benetton Watch
* The procedure is mentioned to claim these free gifts in a leaflet which will be coming your way through courier.
* Please send all the relevant documents in order to claim your free gifts.



The amount payable is Rs.2598/-



Please revert for further clarification.



Thanks & Regards

Ravinder Sharma

From: harinath [mailto:harinathreddy@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 5:52 PM
To: Ravinder Kumar Sharma
Subject: india today book club /lottery



Hi Ravinder,

Few days back I got a call from India today, stating that I am in the final list of 40 people to win Rs 60 lakh lucky draw.

and i am eligible for Rs 12000/- worth of travel ticket/accommodation, if i pay Rs 2592. Also i was told i will be getting some books for this amount.

I can see the credit card bill showing the amount against indiatoday.

Could you please confirm the following
1. is that lucky draw/lottery a fact one?
2. how and when i will get response/courier about books and other 12k package details?
3. My booking number is 110003374

thanks for the understanding and for your precious time in reading this mail
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3 comments:

dr said...

when will the winner announcement

sujatag said...

ITBC | Fraudsters and Cheats | Proposal for a Class Action Suit

Hi,

I am Sujata Garimella.

Like you, I too trusted the India Today name and had ordered stuff from ITBC. My experience was awful. I did not get what I ordered for. I did not get the promised "extras". And I did not get any solution either.

This whole nightmare started in September 2009 for me.

To top it all they still keep calling me.

I plan to sue them for Rs. 10 lakhs. I have started an action against them and would like more victims of ITBC's dirty tricks to join in because there is a lot of strength in numbers.
Please click the link below and join in.

http://voip-india.webs.com/itbcsuethem.htm

Like you and me there are lakhs of other victims of ITBC's malpractices. There is a link in the web page above that will take you to a list of the sites on which people have complained. I request you to take the time and send at least 50 of them this mail and ask them to send it forward.

That way we can reach the maximum number of people in the shortest period of time and quickly initiate legal proceedings.

I hope we have 10,000 people and then, if not getting the money we can at least ensure that the company closes down.

Looking forward to take up arms together with you.

Sujata

Ranen Dutta said...

Friends,
Though am regular India Today subscriber since ages and have gone through all these exercises by their book club since inception find this owner Mr. Arun now Aroon Puri as having lost focus for small change of monies and so created yepme shopping and ITBC net shopping etc.
Response from any of the web shops in India are mostly unprofessional and as such should be best avoided. There is a saying "There is nothing FREE in this world" except the experience one gains from such exercises.

Rgds
Zen