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Air Miles/WestJet/Expedia Fake Points

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How the scam works:

Everyone uses Expedia all over the world, while WestJet and AirMiles are companies mostly used in North America. Air Miles is a great reward system existing in Canada, Spain, Great Britain, Netherlands, and the Middle East, by which collectors get points for specific purchases they make.

At their convenience, the collectors can redeem the points for traveling or other services available. However, scammers set up automated phone calls informing the recipients they won 10,000 to 100,000 Air Miles points.

To redeem the points, they are encouraged to press 1, and are then connected to an operator who will take the call live. This is followed by a series of questions asking for personal information, which unfortunately victims are willing to share.

In a different variation of the scam, the automated call informs the recipient: "You have been selected by WestJet (Expedia) to receive 2,000 travel points". Or, if you live in Canada, you might get an automated call from fake Telus offices saying you've been selected for a free vacation.

How to avoid:

All three companies - Air Miles, WestJet, and Expedia - have made it public that they don’t have an automated call outreach, so don’t fall for it. Report it.

Always do your research when you recieve 'free points' via phone or even social media. If you are really into collecting rewards and making money online, there a couple of companies that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:

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  • On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Marty wrote:

    This is now happening in Australia they are calling saying your last flight with Virgin Australia has been selected to win $999 in free travel vouchers

  • On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Sabreena wrote:

    Just got a phone call, only they told me I had won a free westjet vacation. I obviously didn't hit 1 as I've had the "airmile" scam happen a few times.

  • On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Dennis wrote:

    I got the same call from 306-737-6930. After which I file a report with phonebusters and call the number back to ask the guy for his name to add to the report. He gave it to me. Ha

  • On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Wahtever wrote:

    April 30, 2014. I got a call from a guy claiming to be associated with WestJet but not working for WestJet. Apparently the automated call said I was 1 of 100 people who had won $999 towards my next WestJet vacation. Guy asked me if I was over 30 and had a credit card number. After 1.5 minutes of listening I said, let's cut to the chase. How much more money on top of $999 do I need to receive this Mexican vacation? He said that everything was included except for "incidentals"... which included 3 or 4 items which incidentally also included the plane ticket itself ;-) ... at which point I said "I'm not interested, have a good day!", and hung up.

  • On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Ashley wrote:

    Just received a call with a voice recording telling me "thanks for flying with Air Canada, you've been selected to have won $999. Press 1 for further details". Having not flown with Air Canada I knew it was a scam and hung up. I noticed it was a local number and decided to call back and give them a tongue thrashing but a young girl answered the phone and said she didn call me and had no idea how her number showed up on my phone, but also said it wasn't the first time someone called her stating the same thing. She said her provider was Rogers and that she would have then look into it. How is it legal these people can falsify their caller ID and get away with it? I hope they call back so I can press 1 and scare the crap outta them!

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