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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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There are 398 comments

  • On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, jay wrote:

    Wednesday June 24 Thank you for choosing Air Canada you have been chosen to receive $995.00 just press 1

  • On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, martin wrote:

    Thank you for belonging to airmiles Canada... automated message from 519-870 8162 - the exchange of cell phones in the London area - of course fake - be warned..

  • On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Judy Reimers wrote:

    These spammers are driving me crazy. When I hit "1" for more information, some person answers (not clear English) and when I say I want to be removed from their list, they hang up. I don't usually answer these calls, but I have answered 2 and both of them did the same thing!!!! STOP CALLING!!! I can't even file a complaint anywhere. I don't want to have fun with these people. They are rude and inconsiderate. I don't fall for their crap, but I feel for those who do!!

  • On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Lisa wrote:

    I've received numerous calls from Telus, Expedia offering free points 1800 463 3339 or 416 668 8578. There must be some sort of personal information security breach from these companies or elsewhere, as I'm not sure how the scammers are getting phone numbers

  • On Friday, June 12, 2015, Betsy wrote:

    705-874-8474 - Free airmiles, when I tried to tell them to stop calling they hung up on me

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