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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:

Swagbucks.com

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GlobalTestMarket

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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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  • On Monday, April 14, 2014, Maureen wrote:

    08451297936

    I had a call from this number today at 3.16, a young male verified my name and number, went on to say that he understood that I was getting a lot of nuisance calls, I confirmed this and asked the name of his company He told me he was calling from donotcalluk and they guaranteed to eradicate all nuisance calls, I was very skeptical and asked how much it would cost, "1.90 per month for the first 3 months" I didn't bother finding out any more, told him I wasn't interested and hung up.
    It is very worrying to think that there must be thousands of people, both young and old, who will be taken in by this.

  • On Friday, April 11, 2014, Alesha wrote:

    Westjet just called saying I was chosen to get like $900 in travel credits. For more info press 1.

    I hung up!

    Phone #778-397-4698

  • On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Westjet $999 scam wrote:

    I'm going to get the guy all excited and give him a credit card number I've made up.
    I'd like to know how they can program their phones with a phone number that doesn't belong to the.

  • On Wednesday, April 09, 2014, John Doe wrote:

    Just got a call from 905.481.42xx number regarding Air Miles.

    I did push one....and I did give them name etc info.

    Bill Gates
    500 Fifth Avenue North
    Seattle, WA

    Took them almost 70 seconds before then hung up on me.lol

    :)

    I figure, why not take up some of their time, they are taken up mine :)

  • On Tuesday, April 08, 2014, David in Ottawa wrote:

    I got a scam call like this from 613-295-7912. The auto-attendant said it was calling from Air Canada or something like that. They also asked if I was over 30 years old which is really weird / freaky. As soon as I asked if they were from Air Canada, he blurted something out and hung up.

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