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If you get an automated phone call saying you've won Air Miles… 
9th-Aug-2011 03:08 am
I Saw Ya! I Saw Ya!
If you get an automated phone call saying you've won Air Miles points, just hang up, it's a fraud. I got the call and did hang up on it (I did not press "1"), but wrote to Air Miles to ask whether it was legit or not. Apparently it's not as this was their response:

Many of our Collectors across the country have reported this to us, and I thank you for taking the time to let me know about your concern. My name is Kiran and I would like to respond. I'd also like to apologize for the delay in getting back to you. Our e-mail volumes have been higher than usual lately and I regret any inconvenience.

The AIR MILES Reward Program does not use automated messaging or require Collectors to provide any personal information in order to qualify them as winners of reward miles. Having said this, I would like to confirm that the call was not made by the AIR MILES Reward Program.

Rest assured, we are aware of this telemarketing scheme and I would like to let you know that it is being investigated by the appropriate authorities, including the Canadian Anti-Fraud Task Force.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Task Force has advised that any suspicious telephone calls where personal information is asked for should be reported immediately to them at 1-888-495-8501 or by e-mail at: info@antifraudcentre.ca.

James, I encourage you to visit the Anti-Fraud task Force website to learn more about what steps you could take to avoid becoming a victim of telemarketing/automated telephone schemes. The website address is www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

We will continue to work with the appropriate authorities and report any suspicious activity. We ask that affected Collectors continue doing the same.

Please let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

Regards,

Kiran
AIR MILES Customer Care


Just so you know...
Comments 
9th-Aug-2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
This is pretty common in this day and age, no? I'm curious about why you are feeling so annoyed, if it's faily common.

I wouldn't expect you to be "caught", you're pretty smart. Personally, I "deal" with Air Miles so I'd be safe too, if only for that reason.

IMNSHO, I think Air Miles is a "Big Brother" type consumerist conspiracy. And so are credit card companies, but at least they will lend me $$ in addition to giving me "points".
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