How the scam works:
(with video below)
Who wouldn't like more Air Miles rewards, Aeroplan points, or an Expedia promo code? Beware of the new Frequent Flyer Miles and Points scam.
Everyone uses Expedia all over the world, while WestJet, Aeroplan 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/Aeroplan points. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to hear in action an actual 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 four companies - Air Miles, WestJet, Aeroplan, 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' or frequent flyer miles via phone or even social media. If you are into collecting rewards and making money online, only consider trustworthy companies such as Swagbucks.com or GlobalTestMarket, which are free so you don't have to lose money.
How to report:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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