A letter saying you’ve won free airline tickets? Don’t be fooled!

A letter saying you’ve won free airline tickets? Don’t be fooled!

A scam that has recently been popping up frequently in mailboxes is the classic “you’ve won two airline tickets” con.

Scammers send you a letter saying that you’ve qualified for an award of two roundtrip airline tickets, valid for a trip anywhere in Europe. The letter says that to claim the vouchers, you have to call the number listed.

However, when you do call the number, the person who answers will then start asking you a series of extremely personal questions, in an attempt to steal your financial details and possibly your identity.

To avoid being scammed by a phony ticket win, always keep in mind that:

You should be distrustful of someone telling you you’ve won something if you don’t recall entering any draws in the first place.

Always do research on the company that the tickets purportedly come from.
NEVER give out your personal details to anyone, on the phone or online.
Never agree to pay a deposit up front ‘to release the tickets’. This is another way that scammers make money off unsuspecting victims.
Report any potential scams to the authorities immediately to avoid others getting burnt as well.
If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.


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