DennisB - Summary: US Airlines is a familiar name right? See the letter I received offering me $1400 towards air travel. The check is written out to; US Airlines on behalf of Dennis Bandy. I just need to claim it quickly before I have time to think… uh I mean before they give it to the runner up. Click the image to the left for a full size view.
I’ve learned long ago that if you win something without ever putting your name in the hat, there’s got to be a catch! I have no problem with creative marketing, but this sounds very suspicious. No return address on the mailing seems fishy too. In the position where the return address should be, it says ” Travel Check Voucher Enclosed These documents are on record as being sent to you. Please verify all information enclosed as current and correct”. FINAL NOTICE.
Click on the image on the right to see the actual letter that I received. Keep in mind this is the third one I’ve received. How did I get on this list since I haven’t entered into any drawings? It’s possible my name ended up on a list somewhere because of one of the several cruises I went on. I went to Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Key West. I hate thinking I got on a sucker list! Frequent fliers may be targeted for such promotions. Maybe it was because of the Las Vegas trip I took awhile back? Which airline did I take? Let’s see there’s US Airways, Continental, Air Tran, Jet Blue, Delta Airlines… South East. Wait a minute I don’t remember US Airlines! It sounds familiar but I don’t see US Air Lines as an option… anywhere. Seems to be a non existing airline.
Book Your Own Vacation
Well, when something sounds “too good to be true” it usually is. Let’s face it, vacations come too few and far in between. What I don’t want is to be obligated to listen to someone’s “sales” speech, when I should be off enjoying myself. Time share’s are the worst. I know several couples that got roped into free stays in Las Vegas for agreeing to attend a time share meeting. To my surprise, two out of the three couples ended up buying! They later regretted their spur of the moment decision. One thing no one ever regrets is booking their own trip and spending some quality time with their honey. I say, don’t be disappointed and “book your own flight”.
Update: September 9, 2013 Guess what? I Got another one! The better business bureau has also verified what we already knew; that US Airlines is not a real company but can be easily confused with one. And that this is some sort of phishing scheme used to gather people’s personal information if they fall for it. Well here’s the latest “Award Notification” that I received. Click to enlarge.
Update 9/24/2013 Wow, now US Airlines has sent TWO letters to me that arrived on the same day! They are linked here – US AirLines Bogus Letters. The difference this time, they are not spending money on the blue ink, there’s no voucher and they are listing legitimate air lines like US Air, American Airlines, Southwest, United Airlines, Delta and Jet Blue. I wonder what the real airlines will think of this. Seems like a possible lawsuit to me which may finally stop this phishing scam. Meanwhile, I wish they would go ahead and award my prize (which I didn’t enter anything for) to someone else!