August 09, 2006

Talent Palooza using Talent Rock's Name to Book Events

Early this morning I received an anonymous email that contained two links to two different scam.com threads. The first thread is from a person that sent an email to the Gaylord Palms Hotel Management warning them about the Talent Palooza Scam. Here is a copy of the email that was sent along with the reply from the Gaylord Palms Hotel.

"Thanks for the information. However this is the third year this same group has been hosting this event at our resort. I can assure you that the event is an actual event and will take place here in December.

They take care of all their own reservations, the registered attendees pay them for the reservations, etc, and then they pay us.

We do appreciate your concern.

Xxx Xxxxxxxxx
Reservation Specialist
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
407.586.2042
407.586.2259 Fax

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-----Original Message-----
From: xxxx [mailto:xxxx@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 8:32 PM
To: Florida Info; HotelGeneralManager
Subject: You may want to check the credibility of one of your booked groups

Dear Hotel Management

You have a group called Talent Palooza '06 booked for your hotel but it appears that the orginization is either a scam or someone is using the organization as a scam. Either way you may want to speak with your booking contact and double check your deposit checks. Here are some links you may want to check out. If you wonder about me, feel free to call me at xxx.xxx.xxxx or home xxx.xxx.xxxx.

I am currently in a job search and almost was suckered into giving these people my information. It just really bugs me that someone would take advantage of people who are trying to better themselves by applying for jobs. I also spent 6 years in hotel sales and know if you have this group pull out at the last minute you will likely lose a lot of money and won't be able to re-book the space and rooms on short notice.

Good luck, let me know if I was right......

[LINKS HERE WERE REMOVED]

I hope I have saved you some headaches. Good luck...."

Here is where things get a lot more interesting. Take notice that in the reply from the Gaylord Palms Hotel the Reservation Specialist states that "this is the third year this same group has been hosting this event at our resort." In the second thread another scam.com member writes...

"As far as I can see this would be the first time ever for Talent Palooza. Nevertheless it is alleged the event has been held several times before in the Gaylord. Booked by the "same group".

I think the Gaylord has been misled, by Talent Palooza falsely pretending they are the same group as behind Fashion Rock aka Talent Rock."

After viewing both of these threads I went over to the Talent Rock website to see if I can find any information on the locations of Talent Rock’s past events. Sure enough they have a past event section on their website, and to my surprise I found that Talent Rock did indeed host two events at the Gaylord Palms Hotel. One was back in 2003 and the last was in 2005. The upcoming Talent Palooza event would make number 3.

               

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