The airline tickets award notification letter sounds too good to be true. Don’t fall for it. The mass-mailed letter has “US Airlines” on the letterhead and no return address on the envelope. Here’s how it goes:
June 30th, 2014
NOTE: You must respond no later than July 21st, 2014
I am pleased to inform you that you have qualified for an award of 2 round trip 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 $1,450,00. Certain restrictions apply.
We have attempted contacting you several times without success. This is our final 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 1-844-867-2691.
Signature of a “Margaret Burns”
Customer Relations Manager
“This letter is a fraud,” said a U.S. Airways Customer Representative when we called for verification. U.S. Airways referred us to http://www.snopes.com. U.S. Airways Customer Service number is 1-800-428-4322, not the number mentioned in the fake letter.
The Better Business Bureau also blogged about the letters phishing for personal information in July 2012. See http://www.bbb.org/blog/2012/07/scammers-lure-victims-with-fake-free-plane-tickets.