Wash. residents scammed by airline voucher letter

Wash. residents scammed by airline voucher letter

Credit: KING

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning August 8, 2013, for thousands of Washington residents who have received a scam letter from a company claiming to offer two free airline vouchers.

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by ELIZABETH WILEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 2:20 PM

Thousands of residents have received scam letters in the mail claiming to offer two round trip flight vouchers valued at $1,100 to anyone who attends the company's presentation.

The envelopes are hand addressed from a company that claims to be "American."

According to the Better Business Bureau, which investigated the letter's claims, a number of red flags prompted them to issue an alert to consumers.

The "free" vouchers end up costing consumers a number of hidden fees, including registration and processing fees, as well as taxes and surcharges.

Additionally, anyone who attended the company's presentation were offered "Platinum Membership" to a lifetime vacation club for $8,995 plus recurring costs. Attendees had to join the club in order to receive their flight vouchers.

The BBB advises anyone to avoid getting involved with companies that don't operate tranparently.

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