Check your mailboxes--a free airline ticket scam is showing up in Southeast Wisconsin
Courtny Gerrish, Paul Marble
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MILWAUKEE - It's a Call 4 Action scam alert! A lot of people are getting letters in the mail claiming they've qualified for two free rountrip airline tickets. At first glance it seems like it's your lucky day. The airline tickets claim to be worth more than $1,000 from American Airways. You just have to call a number to cash in, and that's where the problems start. .
Ran Hoth of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau warns, "High pressure, you gotta act in 48 hours. That's one of the first BBB red flags. The second one is, you don't really know who you're talking to, because when you call that phone number and it's a redemptions center, which is such a generic term, that how do you know who you can trust?"
In this scam you have to attend a presentation to redeem those 'so called' airline tickets. According to those who followed through--it's a high pressure sales pitch to buy into a time share. Some were asked to put down thousands of dollars. At the end of the presentation you do walk away with a travel certificate, but it comes with a lot of restrictions and you still have to shell out cash to use it.
The bottom line is pay attention to the red flags.
-Research the company behind the offer. In this case, American Airways doesn't even exist!
-Never give anyone your credit card number or send a check or money order.
-When in doubt check with the Better Business Bureau.
In this case, they've heard from a lot of people about the free airline ticket offer.