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?
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:
Swagbucks.com is the world's largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE. They offer a $5 sign-up bonus.
If you are into paid surveys, this is the place. GlobalTestMarket is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. Highly recommended, as they also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.
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