If you receive a letter claiming you’ve won two round-trip tickets courtesy of American Airlines or US Airlines, don’t be fooled. This is a scam! Consumers nationwide are reaching out to their BBB’s attempting to decipher the letters.
Here’s how the scam works:
Consumers receive the letter either by fax or through the mail. The letters have no return address and contain a logo of either US Airlines or American Airlines. Most of the letters appear to come from Phoenix, Arizona. The message typically reads as follows:
NOTE: You must respond no later than XXXX.
I am pleased to inform you that you have qualified for an award of 2 roundtrip airline tickets. Congratulations. These tickets are valid for travel anywhere in the Continental U.S. from any major international airport. The retail value of this award is up to $1,298.00. Certain restrictions apply. We have attempted contacting you several times without success. This is our last attempt. If we do not hear from you soon, we may need to issue the ticket vouchers to the alternate.
Please call me today at 1-866-546-1767.
US Airlines is not even a real company, it is supposed to resemble the real United Airlines. With many consumers reporting these letters, scammers have started using American Airlines’ name. The letters are NOT, however, from the real American Airlines. This is a phishing scam attempting to acquire your personal information.
If you receive a letter such as this and are questioning it’s legitimacy, reach out to your local BBB or directly to American Airlines.
Edit: DallasBBB just completed a comprehensive study explaining the complicated web of companies involved in travel club schemes. It makes for an interesting read.