Sorry for the following rant, but I think this information should be shared for fellow Caniacs who attend home games.
At every Hurricanes game, they feature a "Text to Win" contest during one of the breaks, where you text an answer to a question to be entered to win a prize. Later on in the game, the winner is announced. Little do most entrants know, the point of this game is not to find a winner, but to collect phone numbers which can then be sold to soliciting companies.
I am a season ticket holder and attend almost every home game, which is what really bothers me about this situation. I usually do not enter these contests, but decided to give it a try a few games ago. Needless to say, I didn't win. However in the proceeding days I received one or two phone calls every day from the phone number (888)549-3378. Every time I picked up the phone, I would hear someone breathing on the other end, but they would not respond to me and eventually hang up. Similarly, my brother had entered and received a call (this time someone responded to his answer) telling him he had won a "free cruise" by entering at the Hurricanes game, if only he would travel to Atlantic beach and hear a 90 minute presentation.
I got curious and did a quick google search for the number and found some interesting information about a company called "Festiva Vacations" that is calling from this number. Apparently it is a large telemarketing scam attempting to sell timeshares under the guise of providing a prize that was won in a contest. Further research revealed that most of the people who were receiving these calls had attended some sort of event that featured a text to win contest (many of them had attended a Hurricanes game).
I finally called them back and ask to be removed from their calling list (I am already on the "Do Not Call" list) and they promptly removed me. I have yet to see if they will call me back again, as today was the day I was removed from the list.
While ultimately, I take responsibility for submitting my text answer, I think it is both inconsiderate and unacceptable that the Hurricanes organization would stoop to the level of distributing their fan's personal info for a few bucks, and allow this kind of abhorrent advertising without informing their fans of what they are truly signing up for.
For more information, google the number (888)549-3378.
What are your thoughts?