Someone I know got conned into shelling out almost five grand to pay for his daughter’s upcoming trip to Australia. It’s supposedly an international exchange program. Parents get put on a mailing list. They receive a letter telling them their child was selected to be a student ambassador to (fill in the name of the country). The egos of the parents and child are stroked to get them to attend the meeting where they are told the trip will cost several thousand dollars which will come out of the pockets of the parents. I did some research online and found this:
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/buyerbeware/953029/detail.html (scroll down to ‘People to People’)
Excerpt: People to People subcontracts to a for-profit company that last year made $43 million in revenue selling trips to kids that cost anywhere from $1,800 to $4,200. People to People defends their marketing as competitive. We call it deceptive.
Heck, I’ve even seen personal web pages posted from children begging for money to finance their trip.
Anyone heard of this?