Air Miles/WestJet/Expedia Fake Points

Frequent Flyer Rewards Scam: How It Works

(with video below)

Who wouldn’t like more points and rewards with loyalty programs such as Delta SkyMiles, American AAdvantage, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Air Miles, Aeroplan, British Airways oneworld, Qantas or JetBlue TruBlue? If you are an avid traveler, you know all these and how to accumulate more to your credit.

However, beware of the new Frequent Flyer Miles and Points scam. How does it work?

Watch the video below to see in action an actual scam (voicemail). Did you receive one like this?

Frequent Flyer Miles Scam Video

Scammers set up automated phone calls informing recipients they won 2,000 points – in the latest scam the names used are AirMiles, Expedia, WestJet and Aeroplan. Nonetheless, any of the major brands mentioned in the beginning of the article could be used by scammers, so watch out.

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 identity 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.

Frequent Flyer Rewards Scam: How To Avoid

Most of the companies listed above have made it public that they don’t have an automated call outreach, so don’t fall for it. Report it – see below.

Always do your research when you receive ‘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.

 

Frequent Flyer Rewards Scam: 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:

Report To The Federal Trade Commission Here

 

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Jill

I just got a call from 7(809)715-65-6
Its a scam of course however i pressed 1 and then the call ended…. guess they better get a better system for scamming people! LOL

Wayne

After receiving the third call from these con-artisits, I presses 1. "Christine" said she represented Vacation ByNewport and was pushing Westjet and south Florida.

As soon as I indicated that I would not be able to decide on the phone of my intentions, she faded away, like a bad dream.

Chris

I’ve had the same automated call from "Air Miles" several times in the last month or two. I usually just hang up but today I decided to see what happened if I pressed 1. As Wayne noted above, an operator picked up the call, said she works for "Newport Vacations" and that as a valued Air Miles collector I had won 2500 points to use on a Florida vacation. She said she had an opening for someone "from my area" and that she could only hold it until the end of the call. I asked her where I was and… Read more »

Hazel McBrine

I also have had several of these calls. I didn’t press 1 but then I got press 9 to have your name removed. I am worried that I made a mistake.

Kristina McIlroy

I just got an automated message claiming to be from Air Miles and saying that Air Miles was giving loyal customers $2500 toward a trip. To take advantage of this I just needed to press one. I hung up.

tuan

647-847-4837
&
289-599-1971

same scenario as described by those below, except that their ‘site’ was given as cancuncaribbeanvacations.com

i played along for about 30 minutes until they revealed their goal: to get my credit card number and expiration date. instead, i asked the scammer a few candid questions about how she can do this to people. she quickly ended the conversation – but not before assuring me that i didn’t waste her time and that she is able to sleep at night.

jimmy

Got a WestJet call from 1 (519)700.7000. I hunged up right away.

BC lion

Just received the Expedia 2,000 points phone call, from 1-250-9308000.

Ashley A

just got a phone call like that at work from 403-939-0808 saying i won west jet points

Splizzlah

Ya i got to West Jet, i did the "1" thing waited on Hold, then i came to this website as i was being on hold, I thought hey Ill do a little research first. I was really nice. I said " Hey buddy, im concerned about you wasting your time because i think this is all bullshit and ur scamming people" I think that was really nice way to put it, and he said I was stupid for thinking so, i said I dont need to be smart to know the truth, I have the internet.

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