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?
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:
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