Air travelers need to be aware of a some scams and/or deceptive practices now being spread throughout the U. S.
ScamBook (www.scambook.com), the nation’s leading problem resolution firms for individuals and businesses, has issued warnings this month.
The first promotes a non-existent airline called US Airlines offering free airline tickets that can be redeemed by calling a number and providing personal information. The other a Travelocity scam operates in a similar fashion, using their name and logo but the fine print reveals the promotion isn’t in fact offered by Travelocity.
Scambook advises consumers to throw out these letters without redeeming them. These mailers are phishing scams to obtain private information to sell to an affiliate marketing group or identity thieves.
To avoid falling for an airfare phishing scam, Scambook advises consumers to make use of the following 5 tips should they receive a mailer:
1. Google the return address. If a letter claims to be from an airline or travel service but its return address does not match the company’s official address, it’s likely a scam.
2. Read the fine print. Examine the letter very carefully and keep an eye out for any asterisks or other fine print. If the letter states anything about restrictions or processing fees, this is a red flag. Remember that a truly “free” offer does not require paying anything.