Scam Alert: BBB Warns Against Postcard with Airline Offer
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Postcards with big promises are circulating around the Tennessee Valley. One could show up in your mailbox offering the vacation of your dreams, but the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama wants to remind everyone that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
“We had one last month that had American Airlines logo on it, this one has Delta,” said Michele Mason with the BBB. The postcard says you’ve been selected to receive 2 roundtrip airline tickets.
“We found what we would expect,” said Mason. “Where you have someone making a presentation for a travel club membership, if you made a decision that day to sign up you’re going to get discounted rates but we`re still talking thousands of dollars.”
Mason said it’s hard for the BBB to track down these companies. “Unfortunately, they come to the area and they`re so new we find that they change their name constantly so it`s hard to find a record unless we can get to the bottom of who`s behind it and see what their track record is.’
Make note, the postcard won’t state that the tickets are free. “We want to make sure people understand sitting through this presentation is not going to give them free airline vouchers,” said Mason.
The card that is circulating around local mailboxes looks legitimate because it has an official airline logo on it. Mason said don’t be fooled. “What they`ve on put here is a disclaimer that the logo belongs to the airline. That doesn`t mean they have permission to use it.”
Mason says if you think the deal is too good to be true, just call the Better Business Bureau to check it out. “There are a lot of reputable travel agents out there who are very willing to work with you and are going to find you the best deal without a lot of restrictions and extra fees that you shouldn’t have to pay,” she said.