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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. Watch the video below to hear in action how this automated voicemail scam sounds - and see if is the one you received it.

Air Miles Voicemail Scam Recorded

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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There are 355 comments

  • On Monday, October 20, 2014, Keshia wrote:

    On October 20, 2014 at 10:29 EST I received a call from 714-873-6506 stating that I'd recently won because I'd recently travelled with Expedia. It mentioned something about being able to redeem my winnings by pressing one. I didnt press anything and the call just ended. I'm not sure if anyone else's scenario is the same but the area code and prefix are identical to my phone number. I didnt call the number back.

  • On Sunday, October 19, 2014, Sandy wrote:

    I received a automated call from 510-415-4621, "because you recently traveled using Expedia". I pressed 1 and the call disconnected. Since it seemed like a scam to me I called the number and a woman picked up the call. Upon inquiring that I received a call from her number she said she had I had the wrong number.

  • On Monday, October 13, 2014, Anta wrote:

    I received a automated call from 650-544-2790, "because you recently traveled using Expedia"

  • On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Tim wrote:

    I received a automated call from 702-513-1779, "because you recently traveled using Expedia"

  • On Tuesday, October 07, 2014, cheryl wrote:

    another air miles scam, because you have travelled with expedia ( I haven't ) calls from 1-780-240-9516

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