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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 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 Video

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 368 comments

  • On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Lily wrote:

    I received the WestJet call only a couple of days after booking with WestJet via Expedia. Don't know if this is just coincidence, but considering it was on my mobile # which I don't generally provide, but did book the flight with, there is potentially a way these bookings are leaking out to the scammers.

  • On Wednesday, January 07, 2015, Gaby wrote:

    I got a scam call saying it was expedia. The number is (626) 399-1974

  • On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Blaine Lewis wrote:

    I received a call, which interrupted a call I was making to WestJet at the usual 1-888-9378538. The voice declared that I could win a free trip/holiday on WestJet if I would answer a few questions which asked me whether I was younger or older than 21; the second one I think was when did I want to travel: soon or later. After the third question (I think!) I was told that I had just won a free trip, with the exception of a few incidental expenses. At this point I decided it was a scam and hung up.

  • On Friday, December 05, 2014, Ashley wrote:

    Just received the automated voice telling me that Expedia credited me 2,600 travel miles and to press 1 for more information. The number was 541-505-6515

  • On Monday, December 01, 2014, Michael wrote:

    I'm on the WestJet Advisory Panel and received this in WJ's latest newsletter:

    "As many of you know, there has been ongoing phone scam that has been frustrating both WestJet and our guests. We wanted to provide some additional information about these scams.

    Here is the information from our website about the scams and what to do when you get a call:

    Telephone scammers are impersonating WestJet in an attempt to steal your personal information. WestJet does not use telemarketers or share guests' personal information. If you receive a call indicating that you've won "WestJet points/miles" or are a "preferred customer" please hang up. Visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca/ for more info on this and other types of scams.

    Also, here is link to a recent WestJet press release providing additional information about these scams: http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=935"

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