Brigham Young University is warning students and alumni to be cautious about calls from a computerized shopping network that uses the university's name in its solicitations.
NDI Redemption Center, a computerized shopping service, is apparently using BYU's name, according to a press release from the university. Beginning Jan. 11, BYU operators have been receiving calls from students and alumni inquiring about the BYU Redemption Center, which does not exist. These individuals have been told they had won a prize through the BYU Redemption Center, but they had to call a 1-800 number to redeem the prize.Students who called the 1-800 number were given a list of possible prizes but were told that to collect their prize they had to sign up for a special computer dealership presentation at a nearby hotel. "In checking on this, I was told that this seminar would tell me how to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars on all my major (computer) purchases for the rest of my life," said Christine Oaks of BYU Telecommunications Services. Each call to the number has produced a slightly different story, Oaks said.
Callers are not informed that the computer dealership presentation costs money to attend, and prizes aren't as grand as they sound. A trip to the Caribbean only includes air fare from Florida to the Caribbean. All other travel and lodging arrangements must be made by the recipient.
"Students and alumni who receive calls informing them they have won a prize are advised to look into the situation before acting on the phone call," the university cautioned.