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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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There are 352 comments

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, Angie wrote:

    Computerized voice calling from edmonton aree number 780-641-2178 read out the following script 'As a frequent westjet flyer, you have won 909 dollars towards your next flight, to accept this award, press 1 now' - This is a common way to trigger pay-per-minute charges to your line, so I hung up.

  • On Friday, September 05, 2014, sadcat wrote:

    at work we get DAILY robo calls. some days dozens, I kid you not, dozens, and on a slow day just four or so.
    I won't lie, it is super frustrating, and, call blocking doesn't help.
    while I know WesJet isn't doing this, it is hard to not be sick of hearing the name, WesJet...

  • On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, D wrote:

    I wonder if saying no to the credit card question will get me off their list?

  • On Thursday, July 31, 2014, Yiriam wrote:

    The following text scam have been reported to the Department of Internal Affairs. If you receive one, or any text like them, do not reply. Text scams are now the second-most commonly reported kind, behind email scams. There were 38 recorded in the most recent monthly statistics, most from New Zealand numbers.

    • CONGRATS Your mobile number has won. For claims, Email: kevinsmith @ hotmail.com.br or call:+447024051401.reply strictly by email

  • 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

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