The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a warning to US consumers about a number air travel scams involving the promise of free tickets.
One of the scams, according to the bureau, involves receiving postcards and letters claiming that you have won two free round-trip airline tickets.
The letters use real or similar-sounding company names and instruct the receiver of the letter to call a toll-free number to collect the prize. Upon calling the number, you are asked to provide personal information, which is later used to steal your identity.
In another scam, you’ll receive a postcard saying that you have won air tickets to any destination of your choice in the contiguous US. However, the postcard is just an invite to a high-pressure sales attempt.
Other scams involve people receiving emails informing them about a free air ticket or “confirmation emails” for air tickets that require users to click on links in the mail to confirm their tickets. Upon clicking, the users end up at spyware or malware sites.
The BBB recommends that people properly research the companies that have sent them emails or letters. It also reminds customers that, under the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act, if someone wins a prize, they do not have to pay any fees or buy something to receive it.
One way to research the legitimacy of a company sending you an offer of free tickets is to check with the BBB.
AirBank, a division of Great Escape Travel Services, LLC, is a member in good standing of the BBB – our company profile can be found here.