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Air Miles/WestJet/Expedia Fake Points

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How the scam works:

(with video below) 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 2,000 AirMiles/Expedia/WestJet points.

Watch the video below to hear in action the scam voicemail. Is this the one you received?

Air Miles Voicemail Scam Recorded Video

In order to redeem the points you 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 many victims are willing to share, leading to identtity theft.

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, May 26, 2015, Frank Cameron wrote:

    During the past week I have been called by some guy from India who barely spoke English asking if I wanted a free trip on West Jet. All he wanted was my credit card number. I swore very heavily at him and called him a lot of obscene names. He hung up. The second call came from a local number and it was supposedly Air Miles. I didn't press one. I just hung up. Most of the fraud is coming now from India, the most lawless and corrupt country in the world. When you get calls like this, call your local phone company and complain vigorously about the use of local numbers and renting these scammers the equipment to call their customers and try to rip them off. The phone companies will say there's nothing they can do, but that's a lie. Demand action and they'll give you a lot of baloney, but don't give up.

  • On Monday, May 25, 2015, Craig wrote:

    New number for "Expedia".
    $2600 credit scam.

    (425) 214-8150

  • On Friday, May 22, 2015, fred flinstone wrote:

    phone number was 2049187062 for free air miles points

  • On Friday, May 15, 2015, MJ wrote:

    I received this automated scam call today. I usually don't answer numbers that I don't recognize, but they had spoofed a local number, so I picked up. I listened to the robot lady tell me that because I had recently traveled with Expedia, I was selected to receive a little over 2000 travel dollars, and for more information I should press one. I hung up. I did travel with Expedia recently, though, so I am wondering who Expedia is sharing information with? Maybe it's time to change travel sites.

  • On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Vigilant wrote:

    This one also shows up as "You've won a $999 WestJet travel voucher". Same Scam, different airline, but a Scam nonetheless. Not much that you can do to stop them as the "local" number that shows up on your call display is spoofed and the caller is actually somewhere overseas. You can report the callers number in Canada if you've registered your number with the Do Not Call Registry and I believe there's a similar system in other countries; it6 won't do much good because the call originated overseas. More satisfying: We have cordless phones so I grab another handset, turn it on, press "1" to talk to a real person, then place the phones against each other ("mouth end" of one against the "ear end of the other) to produce a nice loud SCREECH.

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