On the Internet or offline, if something is offered for free it is generally a scam.
We have received the following letter from the company “American Airways” offering up two free round trip tickets anywhere in the United States. All we have to do is call a number and answer some simple questions. Unfortunately, if we were to call and answer their questions we will not receive the tickets and the scammers will have enough of our information to steal our identity, empty our bank account, and rack up credit card purchases.
It is important to always check the validity of letters and emails offering free services or products. A simple Google search of “American Airways” and free tickets turns up many websites talking about this scam. The Better Business Bureau even has a webpage addressing this letter.
If you receive these types of letters or emails, it is important that you do not respond. If you do believe the letter is legitimate, first check the Internet to see if anyone else has received the letter. Second, ask a few friends or coworkers if they believe the letter is real.
Very few things in life are free. There are many criminals out there trying to steal your money and identity. It is up to you to stay smart and protect yourself.
Text of the letter:
Note: You must respond no later than April 3rd, 2013
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 $1,350.00.
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.
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