New scam targets Rutherford County residents with 2 round trip airline tickets

There is a new scam that is affecting the residents of Rutherford County. WGNS' Rafferty Cleary has more...



Verbatim:Residents have been mailed a letter from “US Airlines.” The letter suggests that the person who received the letter has won two round trip airline tickets. The problem is, there is no such thing as a company called US Airlines.

In 2012, the Better Business Bureau contacted the company mailing the letters regarding concerns about the direct mail piece. According to the Better Business Bureau, “ The BBB made attempts to reach the company to disclose the details of the claims made in the direct mailer, but did not receive a reply.” The BBB’s website further stated that US Airlines is a company that simply does not exist.

WGNS called the phone number on the mailer and was informed to receive the free airline tickets or cruise ship tickets (their secondary offer), you must pay for taxes in advance over the phone. The operator then asks for the caller’s credit card information.

As you can imagine, WGNS did not receive any free airline tickets for calling the toll free number on the letter that does not include a return mailing address. 

BBB Reports Alternate Business Names:

US-Skys, Travel Awards Division, American Airways

The actual letter is as follows:

NOTE: You must respond no later than XXXX.

Dear 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 $1,398.00. 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 1-855-8XX-XXXX.

Your claim number is: XX-XXX-XXXX


Dana Kline

Vice President


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