United Airways Scams: Travel Check Voucher – Updated Regularly

Travel Check Voucher Scheme - Updated 7/23/13

I’m still receiving emails from readers that are also receiving these letters and travel check vouchers. It seems that the letters are dropping off in favor of the vouchers (see below for example images). These are slightly more realistic looking, but no more legitimate.

A reader indicated they would be contacting the Florida Attorney General’s office to file a complaint. The Attorney General’s office responded with the following:

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi received your email regarding an unsolicited letter you received purporting to be from United Airways / Travel Union. Attorney General Bondi asked that I respond. We appreciate hearing from you, and I have reviewed your concerns. Unfortunately, “spoof” solicitations have become common on the Internet, over the telephone, and in our mailboxes. It is usually possible to check the validity of suspicious offers by either contacting the legitimate company whose name has been spoofed, or by using an online search engine to look up the keywords of the offer. In this instance, American Airlines and the Better Business Bureau have issued alerts about the fraudulent letters that are circulating.

To reduce the number of direct marketing solicitations you receive in the mail, you may remove your name and address from national mailing lists by contacting the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service, Post Office Box 282, Carmel, New York 10512. For more information, visit the Association’s website at: https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/static/basics.jsp

The Attorney General’s Office has also partnered with the Seniors Vs. Crime Project, and the objective of this program is to educate senior citizens on different types of fraud, scams and high pressure tactics.

Thank you for your vigilance and for sharing your concerns with Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office.

Sincerely,
Beverly Bailey
Office of Citizen Services
Florida Attorney General’s Office
PL-01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
Telephone: (850) 414-3990
Toll-free within Florida: (866) 966-7226
Website: http://www.myfloridalegal.com

I also made an attempt to reach out to the Clark Howard Show to see if they’d do a story on their radio show, but I haven’t heard back from them. I think this story deserves exposure to make sure that people aren’t falling for this trick.

As always, I welcome comments if you’ve received a similar letter as well.

United Airways / American Airlines Scam Travel Check Voucher - Updated 3/18/13

Reader Jean was kind enough to send in a recent travel check “voucher” she received. It looks like “American” Airways, United Airways or whatever they’re called this week has upgraded their letter to a voucher/check. Check out the pics below (you can click to view larger versions). I also noticed in one of the video “testimonies” below, they mention a website – http://www.americanairwaysletter.com. The site is now down, so it appears someone must be catching on to this scam.

Have you also gotten the latest version that looks like a travel check voucher?

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American Airways Updated Voucher Envelope

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American Airways Updated Voucher Back

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American Airways Updated Voucher Letter

Updated 2/10/13

Just when I thought this scam couldn’t get any crazier – I received ANOTHER letter with a different phone number (I’ve added it to the table below), this time signed by Jan Cane. Here, I scanned this version. Check it out:

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United Airways Scam Letter Jan Cane

And here’s the envelope:

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United Airways Scam Letter Envelope

Another Update on the American Airways Voucher – 1/30/13

I have a few more details to report. Based on the number of comments and hits I’m seeing, this scam is clearly still alive and well. I reached out to local news outlets and found a story that aired on Local 6 Orlando back in August of 2012. Check out the story here.

To receive the free tickets, consumers, like Biringer, are asked to attend a travel agency presentation. Telemarketers for US Airlines explained the presentation was to introduce a new travel agency in town and share information about travel products. Consumers who went to the presentation, however, told Local 6 it was actually a sales pitch for a so-called travel club.

“Basically, you join a club. It costs you $12,900,” said William Grobasky, a consumer who attended the pitch.

As you can see, the letters received back in August were very similar. The differences? The company name, phone number and company “executives” that signed the letters. I’ve yet to call but I’m seriously considering it.

Latest List of Phone Numbers

Below is the latest list of phone numbers being used in this scam:

1-866-949-8023 1-866-949-8022 1-866-949-8021
1-866-949-8020 1-866-949-8019 1-866-956-5596
1-866-955-0878 1-866-955-0877 1-866-955-0876
1-866-955-0874 1-866-955-4310 1-866-956-5595

I’m curious, has anyone called United Airways or American Airway to see what they say about these alleged free tickets?

Update on the American Airways Voucher - 1/20/13

51iB8nX4pGL rants raves popular posts activism  United Airways Scams: Travel Check Voucher   Updated RegularlyIt seems that I’m not the only one that’s received this or a similar scam letter (just check out the comments below). Others are reporting that they’re getting the letter under different company names such as American Airways and with different phone numbers. If you’ve received this letter, let us know what the phone number is, who the manager is and what the company name on the letterhead is. If you’d like to scan the letter and have me post it up here I can mask your information as I’ve done with mine in the letter below.

We do NOT want anyone to fall victim to this scam! Help me help others avoid getting ripped off and share your letter with us!

Update on the American Airways Voucher - 12/31/12

‘Tis the season for many things. Holiday cheer, holiday travel, gift-giving and receiving and (more than likely) lots of eating. Oh, and I’ll be watching some football in there as well (go Big 10!). But the season is also time for less desirable things as well – like scams. Most scammers are sloppy and unorganized and I usually just laugh at their efforts. They must work at least some of the time or why would they keep popping up, right? There’s an old saying that “a fool and his money are soon parted.”

I received a confirmed scam letter today that made me scratch my head just a bit, though. Check out the letter I received below.

United Airways Scam – A Letter For Two Free Tickets?

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United Airways Free Ticket Scam

It looks pretty authentic, doesn’t it? They even have a toll-free number: 1-866-962-1931. You know what? I have half a mind to call them and give them an ear full! I could tell this was a fake but apparently not everyone could. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), it’s confirmed not authentic, and quite a few people have reported it. It’s actually a scam sent by people looking to swindle honest, hard-working people out of their money. Here’s what the BBB posted about this scam back in JULY:

Consumers nationwide are receiving letters stating that they have won two round-trip tickets courtesy of American Airlines or US Airlines. Don’t be fooled! US Airlines is not a real company, this letter is not from the real American Airlines, and sadly you have not actually won any tickets. These letters are, in fact, scams.

About the scam:

Consumers are receiving either a fax or a hand addressed letter in the mail. The letters have no return address and use a signature stamp as opposed to a meter mark. Most of the letters appear to be coming from Phoenix, Arizona and contain a logo of either US Airlines or American Airlines. The message typically reads 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 $1,298.00. 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 1-866-546-1767.

Regards,
XXXX
Vice President

Although these letters may look legitimate, they are not. The phony name “US Airlines” is supposed to resemble the real “United Airlines.” With many consumers reporting these letters, scammers have since switched to using the name “American Airlines.” The letters are NOT, however, from the real American Airlines. This is a phishing scam attempting to acquire your personal information.

The sad part? Someone will fall for it – and many likely already have. When I think of someone like my grandmother or grandfather receiving something like this it makes me mad. The thought of someone taking advantage of the elderly or someone more trusting is just wrong. The best part? It’s the holiday season!

What’s Wrong With This Letter?

To some of us, this is clearly a fake. But what lead me to believe that it wasn’t real? Here are a few things that stood out:

  1. The less-than-impressive letterhead. The letterhead looks like a cheap knock-off. “United Airways”, if a real company, needs to spend more money on the letterhead they send to customers.
  2. The fake company name. As the BBB article mentions above, the scammers are trying to impersonate a legitimate airline. However, there’s no such airline as “United Airways”. The REAL airlines that look similar to the fake company represented are actually United Airlines and US Airways. I guess they thought they were being clever combining the names.
  3. The hand-written envelope (see below). While I would appreciate a personal touch if a company sent me a hand-written letter, most large companies don’t. The fact the letter is actually hand-signed and hand-addressed was a big clue this letter was a fake.
  4. No such thing as “free”. Since when does any company stay in business by giving away $1298.00? Um, pretty much never. At least not for a good reason. If you get a letter that says you get something for free I’d always be very skeptical.
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United Airways Free Ticket Scam Envelope

Free Ticket “Testimonial” Videos (Also a Scam)

Since publishing my post just a few days ago, I’ve also uncovered a number of “testimonial” videos for the free ticket voucher. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet, folks. These are just part of their scam. Sorry to all you iPhone and iPad users but these videos are all Flash.

Have you gotten any letters like this in the mail or have you seen any other scamming techniques recently? Tell us about the scams you’ve seen in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Karen Schlosberg says

    Just received a version of this today, 8/14. It’s now a professional-looking check envelope–the kind you have to tear tabs on the sides and then the top, and when you open it there is a very real-looking check until you read the fine print “must be redeemed for travel certificate.” The “check” appears to be from “US Airlines,” and on the “check” it lists the name Travel Union, with a Scottsdale, AZ address. If someone is doing this specifically to steal identities, why isn’t this activity in and of itself illegal?

  2. Dan says

    Received one of these letters today. “Phoenix AZ 852″. From “Sue Myer”, “VP”. Wants me to call 1-866-358-1578. No thanks, stupid criminal scammers.

  3. Mel says

    Received letter today from US AIRLINES Adressed to me that ive been awarded 2 round trip tickets value of $1198.00 signed by a Ali Reed Vice President to call 1-866-297-7171 We have attempted contacting you several times without success. last attempt.
    no return addres so still going around.

  4. nikki says

    I got one of these check vouchers today this one signed by Bridget long phone number 1-866-268-3770 and i am in Indiana.

  5. Electra says

    Received a check of $1,198 from “United Airways” Final notice Award notification for 2 round trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental US.

    “Certain restrictions may apply”

    “This travel check must be certified to be valid”

    “This is not a timeshare or land sales offer”

    No: 1008
    –ISSUED–
    signed by Bridget Long
    Address on check: Travel Union Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Phone number: 1-866-240-5521

    Memo: Must be redeemed for Travel certificate.

  6. John says

    Below is the response by the Florida Atty General’s office regarding the airline ticket scam. It appears they have no legal remedies against what they term “spoof” solicitations.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi received your email regarding an unsolicited letter you received purporting to be from United Airways / Travel Union. Attorney General Bondi asked that I respond. We appreciate hearing from you, and I have reviewed your concerns. Unfortunately, “spoof” solicitations have become common on the Internet, over the telephone, and in our mailboxes. It is usually possible to check the validity of suspicious offers by either contacting the legitimate company whose name has been spoofed, or by using an online search engine to look up the keywords of the offer. In this instance, American Airlines and the Better Business Bureau have issued alerts about the fraudulent letters that are circulating.

    To reduce the number of direct marketing solicitations you receive in the mail, you may remove your name and address from national mailing lists by contacting the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service, Post Office Box 282, Carmel, New York 10512. For more information, visit the Association’s website at: https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/static/basics.jsp

    The Attorney General’s Office has also partnered with the Seniors Vs. Crime Project, and the objective of this program is to educate senior citizens on different types of fraud, scams and high pressure tactics.

    Thank you for your vigilance and for sharing your concerns with Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office.

    Sincerely,
    Beverly Bailey
    Office of Citizen Services
    Florida Attorney General’s Office
    PL-01, The Capitol
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
    Telephone: (850) 414-3990
    Toll-free within Florida: (866) 966-7226
    Website: http://www.myfloridalegal.com

    • says

      Hi John,

      Thanks for posting this response up. I had a feeling there wasn’t much they could do. I can’t help but think people are biting on this scam because they keep sending out letters. I just hope everyone does a Google search before they lose their hard-earned money!

  7. Allene says

    Just got one of the check-voucher style today, signed by an “Angela Hudson. Phone number 1-866-239-6499

  8. Edward says

    US Airlines now

    “This will be your last chance to respond”

    Call 1-866-577-6249

    “This is not a timeshare or land sales offer”

  9. Melissa says

    I’m emailing you a scanned copy of the scam letter I received today (check your spam folder – lol!) It used the number 866-653-9839 and said US Airlines. It was signed by Taylor Barrone and was a perforated check document (no letter with it.) Thank you for your blog on this. I googled the phone number and couldn’t find any complaints. It must be a new number. I don’t fall for these types of things, but I was actually impressed by how “real” it looked. I just had to check it out.

    • says

      Hi Melissa – thanks for sending the letter in. You received the “voucher” format, which looks much more legit than the original letter I received. I suspect more people are falling for this version than the original.

  10. Melody Smith says

    My husband received a check today in the amount of $1350.00. It states that his travel voucher is enclosed and that it can be redeemed for a certificate for 2 round trip airline tickets. It is from “United Airways”. The phone number is 1-866-615-7613. The signature on the check is Charlotte Hoehn. Just wanted to let you know this one.

  11. John says

    I received such a letter today that matches almost exactly the voucher shown above using the name United Airways, and with a logo similar to the old Southwest Airlines logo. The telephone numbers I got from them are:
    866 212-8842 and
    866 992 2757
    I have contacted the Florida Attorney General’s office and filed a complaint there after reading your blog.
    Hats off to all of you for your great work.

  12. Kelley says

    I also received one today, from “American”, paid to the order of American TAD on behalf of (myself)…..phone number to call 1-866-994-5695, voucher signed by Ashley Faye. Voucher lists Travel Union Scottsdale, AZ 85251 40-943764/454377. No manager’s name is listed.

    Ridiculous.

    • Jossue says

      Also received the letter today. The letter is exactly as the scanned one you showed in your blog. Name of the company is United Airways and is signed by Keli Poe, with the phone number 1.866.943.5612.

  13. Sergio says

    Hah my mother just got this in the mail today. it’s the United Airlines paper with the hand signed envelope and the number on it is 1-866-622-4715 and was signed by a “Keli Poe”. it reeked of fake and it’s a good thing i found this site to confirm it.

  14. Lisa says

    Here’s what I received in the mail today:

    United Airways

    April 15th, 2013

    Full Name
    Address
    City, State Zip

    NOTE: You must respond no later than April 24th, 2013.

    Dear Lisa,

    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 $1,350.00. 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 1-866-619-5014.

    Regards,

    Keli Poe
    Vice President

    2 letters followed by a dash and a 5 digit number

    • ROBERT WIELGUS says

      My wife Noreen received a similar letter like Lisa. Two differences are that the phone number is 1-866-385-2030 and it looks like the letter is signed by Keli Jae.

  15. John says

    Got one in the mail… dated April 15, 2013

    Letter head from United Airways. Not too impressive of a job. Looks like it was copied several times over. Same format as all of the previous letters posted here. Phone# 1-866-619-5014. Vice president is now Keli Poe.

  16. Donna Lance says

    I received a travel check voucher from the United Airways today and was so excited at first. Then my gut told me to research it (Google it!) I found that there is a United Airways that supposedly flies in other Countries but not the USA. The phone number on my voucher is: 866-992-6538 and signed by ‘Ashley Faye’. I am so glad we have the internet so that it is so much harder to be scammed these days. By the way, my announcement was in the form or a perforated check looking mailing and not a letter in an envelope.

    • says

      I think the new perforated check looks a bit more convincing or “authentic”. I’m sure that’s the look they’re going for. I don’t recall ever hearing the name “Ashley Faye” before. That may be a new one.

    • Regina Julun says

      Got the same letter today from Keli Poe, the Vice President of United Airways. The value of my ticket was for 1350.00. The contact number is 866-622-4715. I have a mind to call them, cuss them out, and THEN contact Lisa Madigan, State’s Attorney of Illinois, who LOVES going after those who prey upon the vulnerable and such! Glad I Googled it and found your blog, Daniel.

      • says

        Hi Regina,

        Thanks for posting the details of your letter. I’m glad you found my site, too! One commenter indicated they were filing a complaint with the Attorney General’s office in Florida. I really hope they do and they let us know the progress of that complaint.

        • Nathalie says

          I mailed the complaint to the Florida Attorney General’s office this morning and will definitely let you know if I hear back from them.

    • Ramona Prescott says

      I received the same award notification on April 22nd 2013. I decided to call and was put on hold for about five minutes; I hung up and look united Airways on line and found this website. My check voucher was signed by Ashley Faye for $1350.00 and the phone number is 866-992-6538. I had watched local 6 in Florida and had view the interview with these people.
      This is definitely a scam. I am delighted that this website with the information is being posted. Thank you all keep up the good work.

      • says

        Thanks Ramona. I completely posted this article on a whim but I’m definitely glad I did. I didn’t want anyone falling “victim” to this and I appreciate all of the comments people are posting with variations in the letters they’re receiving.

  17. Nathalie says

    Final notice award notification travel certificate in the mail today. number to call is 866-992-6538. I’m in Florida and I will be mailing it along with a complaint form to the Office of Attorney General for the State of Florida. I’ll refer to this post as reference to prove many other people are getting the same scams, including senior citizens.

    • says

      Hi Nathalie,

      Keep us posted if you hear from the Attorney General? I’m not sure what they’re doing is illegal but I’d definitely say they’re being dishonest. If you have a good product you don’t have to resort to deceptive marketing tactics.

      • Nathalie says

        I sure will. I’m sure that the scammers’ defense is that they’re not doing anything illegal but I think they are definitely using deceptive practices to entrap people, from the travel voucher that looks like an actual check to the name of the fake airlines, to the claim that they have tried to reach us several times and that if we don’t respond the “award” will go to another person. Has anyone actually paid money to get the voucher certified by a notary public? Sending this via US Mail should also allow the US Postmaster to start some type of proceedings.
        The Attorney General might not do anything about my complaint specifically but I think that if everyone who gets such a letter would take 2 minutes to contact their own Attorney General’s or Consumer Protection Agency office about it, they’d eventually have to look into it. ESPECIALLY if senior citizens are getting entrapted in this.
        If anyone in Florida gets this, go to http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/E3EB45228E9229DD85257B05006E32EC to either file an online complaint or print and mail it. I printed it and will be mailing it on Monday along with a copy of the “award voucher” that I got in the mail.

  18. Damaris says

    I’ve also received this letter, it is shameful of people who actually want to trick people! The number I received was 1-866-622-4715 and the Vice President was also Keli Poe.

  19. Zemo Zits says

    I think you are the people falling for the scam. They are creating valid mailing list by your confirmation of receipt and information provided. Think about it????.

  20. Gregory hall says

    I received a letter today from them also. Hand written envelope from Phenix AZ. Signed by Keli Poe Vice President.The retail value of the two round trip tickets are $1350.00. What a scam. Phone number is 1 866-943-5596. Thanks for letting everyone know it is a scam. I thought it was a time share deal but I would not even go do that for 2 tickets.

    • says

      Same situation for me. I just received it today 4/19/13. It was actually signed by the same Keli Poe. The phone number given was 866-619-5014. It was postmarked Phoenix, AZ. The first thing I did was to search for United Airways and there is actually a company with that name. It has flights in Bangladesh.

      As for hand written… I don’t think so…. even if it looks handwritten it can easily be a font that someone created to look like handwriting or a signature copied and pasted onto the letter.

      Isn’t the Internet amazing?

  21. Rebekah says

    Received the same “united airways” letter promising 2 free tickets! Shortly after in my spam folder a ticket confirmation arrived. Rip off! Scary how they have our addresses.

  22. arlene says

    received a scam letter from Keli Poe at United Airways for round trip tickets today 4/13/13. telephone number on letter is 866-943-5612

  23. gabriella says

    I got a letter today in Austin. The number listed is 1-866-943-5596 and signed by Keli Poe. Compost fodder.

  24. ad says

    I received a letter in Austin today. The name is signed as Keli Poe. Letter was routed through Phoenix AZ 852.

  25. BUS says

    I’m also in Texas & just got Kelly Poe, as well. Hand-written envelope, United Airways.

    Thanks for this article!

  26. Brooke says

    Just received one of the fake ‘United Airways’ letters, looks like they’re still phishing…. Googled the letter and found your site, just wanted to keep everyone informed… Take care, Brooke

    • Meera says

      Yup just received a united Airways letter. Another phone number to add to the list 1-866-943-5612 keli Poe vice President

  27. Erin says

    I just received a United Airways letter like the ones listed above for my husband it reads the same as the others but it was signed by Keli Poe – Vice Pressident

  28. Jamie says

    Got the United Airways letter today from Keli Poe, VP at 866-943-5596. Two roundtrip airline tickets!!? Valued at $1,350.00?! I better get on the phone so I can get my free tickets!! These scammers are unbelievable.

  29. Mike says

    I received one in a hand addressed envelope with no return address. It was postmarked 01 April 2013 Phoenix Arizona 852. Letter is signed by Ali Rey, Vice President and the phone number is 1-866-913-8652. The letter has “YJ-50088″ on the bottom of the page.

  30. Melissa says

    Received my letter from United Airways today. I am in the Chicago area. VP Ali Rey would like me to call 1-866-913-8652.

    • Nancy says

      Like Melissa I live in the Chicago and received the same letter from “United Airways” Vice President Ali Rey. It was post marked from Phoenix. The letter stated that I must respond no later than April 10th to receive my reward. The phone number is 1-866-913-8652. I am glad that I checked this out and I hope others will be saved from this scam!

  31. says

    i got one March 25th from Ali Rey, VP. 1-866-547-5370. they spelled my name wrong on the envelope but not on the inside. YD-62610

    I’d love to call and have some fun with them. I think I’m going to get a google phone number! thanks for gathering this info!

  32. Claudio says

    Obvious scam. Remember people nobody , nobody gives money away
    Just received their letter today. I routinely throw them away and not even spend a minute in this ‘give aways’
    From:
    Ali Rey
    Vice President (of I don’t know what)

  33. Tito says

    I googled, “United Airways letter” and found this site. I just got the letter (April 1, 2013) and it’s signed by “Ali Rey” with the phone number: 1-866-574-5367. My tickets apparently are worth $1350.
    Does anyone know where or how they’re getting our home addresses?

    • Ann Hahn says

      My letter is the same as the one above and I am in the Chicago area. Knew it was a scam when I opened it. The give away is the PLAIN envelope, No Logo, No addresses.

  34. Lynn jENSEN says

    Just received a United Airways letter signed by Ari Rey. The number they list to call is 866-574-5370.

    I am glad I followed my usual procedure to check these kinds of things out on the Internet. The postings on this site have been most informative and helpful.

    Thanks.

  35. Chris Knight says

    Just got the scam letter from Ali Rey with a respond by date of April 3rd, 2013.
    Phone number is 866-574-5370
    Code at the bottom of the letter YD-46936

  36. Robert S says

    Just got someting similar in TN 3/20/2013. It now shows “American” with a knockoff of their logo, but no mention of any specific arilines or anything else
    1-866-994-6306
    it is $1,350 and sayst somethign about Travel Union on the “check”.
    Same Jan Cane signature.
    Otherwise it is similar to prior images posted on this

  37. Dave says

    Received a letter signed by Juie Cae, Vice President. Letter had United Airways Logo. 866=318-0570 was the call back number to receive ticket vouchers.

  38. Trent says

    Mr. Ruyter:

    I just had an interesting nearly 11 minute phone call with “Breezy” from United Airways. I’m so excited to be getting two roundtrip airline tickets with a retail value of $1350.00!!

    I apologize for being so facetious. I’d be happy to send the recorded discussion to you to use on your site. My wife and I would be attending the presentation in Austin at 11130 Jollyville Road, Suite 303 on Saturday, 3/23 and we are to arrive around 11:45. You know, because sometimes these presentations start a little early. Either way, admission will be denied after 12:00 PM.

    Breezy also told me I’d be receiving a confirmation email, as well as an additional email on how United Airways would be giving out additional “travel” prizes to couples who attend and request these “extra” incentives. Apparently, we need to bring our driver’s licenses and a credit card, but the credit card just needs to be verified that one of our legal names are on it.

    I used my Google Voice account to call because I knew they’d have caller ID. Sure enough, she was able to read back my number from my Google Voice account.

    I’d recommend anyone who calls to not use their cell phones or their landlines(so retro, anyway!).

    • Mark C. says

      I received the same letter today as Trent and live in the Austin/Jollyville area, so clearly these letter mailings are targeted to coincide with scheduled local presentations.

      The address Trent gave is for “Platinum Travel Network” which is an actual travel agency office, albeit one that’s not actually providing a legitimate service. They have a web page with no telephone number and their hours of operation are 4 hours a day, 4 days a week from 4-8pm. Nice gig if you can get it! They have a BBB rating of F for violations and a quick search shows they are part of the national VNI – Vacation Network Inc. scam group. It may in fact consist of just the few presenter/proprietors with offices in several major cities which they rotate between a few times per year. The different VP names and phone numbers are no doubt tied to how the lead generators get paid.

      I’m tempted to go as well, but the price of admission – placing my driver’s license and credit card in the hands of a known scammer – is just too high! And I encourage Trent to seriously reconsider. Just five seconds with those two items would give a tech-savvy theif everything he needs to use your credit card virtually anywhere.

      • Trent says

        I wasn’t actually going to go. There’d be no way I’d give up my privacy and security for two airline tickets. I did however receive an email today from the company confirming my reservation to be scammed:

        This email is to remind you of your appointment on Saturday, March 23rd, at 12:00 PM in Austin, TX.

        You have been offered a special gift in exchange for your time in attending the open house. You will receive two roundtrip airline tickets valid anywhere inside the continental United States to a major international airport. This offer is in consideration of your time for previewing the wholesale travel agency.

        This is NOT A TIMESHARE. It is a full-service travel agency which specializes in luxury accommodations, cruises and travel packages. You will not be obligated to buy, sign or join anything.

        The open house will include a brief presentation on the services offered in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. This is a group presentation so please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this is not open to the public and is by invitation only.

        This is a limited time offer and is non-transferable.

        Please click here for directions.

        Please be advised the address is:

        11130 Jollyville Rd

        Suite 303

        Austin, TX 78759

        Please respond to this email to confirm your appointment, or please call me at 1-866-349-0115.

        We are looking forward to seeing you!

        Abbey Walker

        Abbey Walker

        Confirmation Manager

        • Mark C. says

          I see, glad to hear it. I’m really curious to see/hear their presentation and would enjoy wasting some of their time and money, if only I could do so without risk to myself. They play a very classic game of “heads we win, tails you lose”, since the only thing they ever promise is a voucher from an imaginary airlines. Perhaps I could validate my attendance using a Road Island state driver’s license and my Discovery Card?

  39. Jean M. says

    Appears I have received the same such…only “they” are getting more real looking. No hand written envelope, this is sealed and printed, looking just like my paystub that comes in the mail, or if you receive your tax refund via check in mail. Perforated edges, “Travel Check Voucher Enclosed” and “Personal and Confidential” not hand written. Inside a check,”original document” and where it usually says “This document has a watermark” it instead says “This Document has a blue background” (LOL!) The letterhead is not claiming “American Airlines” but it does say “American” and the logo…immediately brings thoughts of AA. This is my final notice, blah, blah, blah…call 1 866 994 6306 to certify check “To be paid out to Americn TAD ” on my behalf for $1350. Signed…Jan Cane…not claiming VP just labeled “authorized signature”…but still from Phoenix AZ. Too many similarities to scams already mentioned. EVERYONE…thanks for posting and sharing info.

  40. Bonnie says

    I received a letter a couple of days ago stating I qualified for 2 roundtrip airline tickets from United Airways.It was signed by Juli Cae at 1-866-318-0597. The printed envelope was a dead give away, not to mention the cheap looking letterhead.

  41. C. Kobylarz says

    My husband got this letter today (March 16th 2013)

    United Airways

    Phone number on this one is 1-866-594-9217

    Signed by Julie Cae

    Screams SCAM!

    • Regina says

      we receive the same letter dated March 13
      but this time the name is Juli Cae same number as what you have posted. This people need to stop fooling/scamming people.

  42. Marigold says

    Got one in the mail today. This was the first hit for “United Airways scam” on Google. Mine was signed by VP Juli Cae and the number was 1-866-595-3968. Shredded!

    • Phil Dru says

      Got the letter today. It offered up to $1350.00 from any major intercontinental airport. It asked to call 866 318 0570 and was good until March 20, 2013. Scammers!

  43. says

    HAHA!!! What a joke, once they know you know they are full of $hit, they are rude, don’t want to talk and hang up on you.

    What a joke.

    Julie Cae, vice pres, of ‘united airways’, yeah, kiss my a$$, SCAMMERS!!!!!!

  44. Nate says

    Received the letter today from Juli Cae here in NW Austin. Phone number is 866-318-0557. I have until March 20th to contact and get my ‘free’ tickets.

  45. Ruf says

    I’m in AUSTIN TX, The purpose of their letter is to convince you to attend a HIGH PRESSURE sales pitch for a scam travel club. The presentations are held in the evening at a local shopping mall in your local area. In my area, They choose Pflugerville TX to set up a temporary meeting room. Before you can enter the presentation you MUST present your drivers license and a valid credit card, other wise there is no admittance…period. No time during the presentation are you allowed to ask any questions. They attack you with aggressive sales people that insult and belittle you if you show any resistance to their scam. Their primary “targets” are the elderly or anyone who is trusting and gullible. Once you hand them your credit card they will MAX it out.

  46. Melissa says

    I received a letter today from Phoenix AZ. Handwritten address on envelope. On “United Airways” letterhead, and then some code on the bottom. Dated March 4th. Call 866-595-2272. From “Juli Cae.”

  47. Julie says

    I too received my letter today in Illinois. Did a google search on Juli Cae and came across this blog. I luckily have the knowledge to know this is a scam, but I hope you can help others who don’t. PS mine says United Airways and the logo they used is very similar to United .

  48. NCG says

    Got mine today from United Airways. I’m in Illinois. Letter dated March 4, 2013. Have to respond by March 13th or I lose out. Juli Cae is listed as Vice President and I am supposed to call 1-866-594-7844. Code at bottom is XL-58483.

    • says

      Just received this same letter today as well, with phone number for “Juli Cae, Vice President” at 1-866-594-7844. The code at the bottom of the letter is XL-52645. I’m also in Illinois. I think I’ve received their phone calls too. Thanks so much for posting and making people aware.

    • Mel says

      I’m from Illinois as well and just received the same exact letter except for the code on the bottom is XL-52765.

  49. Marcia McKinney says

    I too received the scam letter send to my employment. I’m always suspecious of any mail supposedly from a company without official letterhead stationery (this one is obviously not official) that appears to be made by a computer and a envelope that is handwritten. No one give you two (2) free tickets without asking for something! The fact that there are no details is also a dead giveaway that it is a scam letter. The new “VP” that’s now signing the letters is Juli Cae.

  50. Scott says

    I just received mine today. It’s dated March 4th, 2013 and I have until March 13, 2013 to respond to Juli Cae at 1-866-595-4464. Same deal as everybody else… 2 roundtrip airline tickets, continental US, value up to $1350.00, etc.

    Mine was from United Airways and the code at the bottom is XK-51603

  51. Barbara S. says

    My letter was from United Airways — turns out there is such a thing — it’s in Asia — doesn’t fly in the United States. Like everyone else, I was angry about this, thinking of some older person with dementia being sucked in. But I don’t know where to report this that would make any difference. I think this is the same bunch that call me all hours of the day without a number.

  52. Jeff Murphy says

    Received the same letter today (3/9/13) here in Austin, from “United Airways” — the black and white letterhead was an obvious tipoff. Letter is signed by “Juli Cae” and the phone number listed is 866-595-4464.

  53. Barbara Williams says

    I got a letter today dated March 4 from Juli Cac, vice president. The deadline is March 13. Anything that reads you have “qualified” for an award is an instant red flag. I would urge folks to not bother with these presentations. If it walks like a duck….

    Barbara W.

  54. says

    My letter is from Juli Cae at 1-866-594-7844. I think if everybody who gets the letter and calls and ties up one of their “representatives” for a10 or 15 minutes, we might get the people in this outfit to give up scamming for a living. Well, I can dream. Took me a while to find this site, so I hope lots of others make the effort before taking the plunge. Thanks for doing this.

  55. Hal-Brookfield IL says

    Just got mine from Juli Cae-1-866-594-7844-$1350 value-post marked out of Phoenix Az-yours is the 2nd website telling about the scam-Thanks

  56. K. McFadden says

    Received a letter today from United Airways and a short google trip later lead me here. I live in TX and the number I received was 866-595-4464 the Vice Pres claims to be Juli Cae. The letter head looked like someone used a copier (and not even color) to produce a similar look to the United logo. It looked suspicious so I immediately looked it up on the internet. Not sure what the angle is but it’ll be going directly into my trash. Guessing that people today receive so few letters that it’s hard for them to tell if one is correctly headed or not. The content is identical to what Tony posted above, except it was by March 13th and the value was $1350.00.

  57. Jen Raiman says

    Got the letter today…screamed hoax so I found your info when I searched. Looks like they have many VP’s! Mine is from Juli Cae. And seems there’s a new bank of phone numbers being used: 866-595-2272.
    Ahhhhh….we have 6 kids-wouldn’t it be nice! Lol

  58. Erik says

    I just received this mail an hour ago.Now that I’ve stopped laughing at it,the number’s 1-866-323-5185.It was signed vice president(haha)Lea Kale.

    • David says

      I got a letter from Lou’s sister (or wife?) Lea Kale. It was dated Feb 25 2013 and has 866 349 0964.

      There’s a code at the bottom that says XD-78791. 78791 doesn’t seem to be a real zip code but downtown Austin Texas is 78701. I live just south of Austin.

    • Linda says

      I received one from United Airways dated 2/25/13 from Lea Kale, Vice President. Thanks to Googling I found your site and found this was a scam.

  59. says

    My husband just received one of these letters. The phone number and name on the letter are different. 1-866-349-0966 Lea Kale.
    I called the number and Glen who answered the phone gave me an address of 16225 N. Northside Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ. I googled it and the zip is 85260. So the address exists. Not sure anything else does.

    • says

      I got my letter yesterday. Same details as Sherry F’s comment. Except the phone number ends with 0967.
      I think they are firing and replacing the Vice President over there monthly. Probably not enough vice.

  60. Matt J. says

    I received a letter today. The phone number was 1-866-349-0964 and the vp was Lea Kale. The date to respond by March 6th. Scam still on going.

  61. K.D. says

    Received same letter yesterday from Lea Kale with United Airways letterhead and phone number of 1-866-913-0757. Code at bottom of letter is “WV-24794″. I called number and was told their company was American Travel Deals and that a Travel Agency in my area was offering free airline tickets for 2 in order to generate business since they are a “new” company. She gave me the address of the “seminar” I would be attending (no intention of going) as 11130 Jollyville Road, Suite 303, Austin, Texas 78759 and after a quick search, found the name to be Platinum Travel Network. They have a BBB rating of “F” (surprise surprise) and they’ve been around since June 2011 (not that “new” if you ask me). It smelled fishy from the get-go since I have never been contacted before via mail or email from this company and it’s just known that nothing in this world is truly free or ever will be.

    • says

      Ooooh. Lucky lucky me! I too have received “the letter.” I’m glad I google searched the company and found this blog post. Not that I would’ve been roped into joining some crazy club… But, I have to say, for about 1 minute, I assumed it was United Airlines (which I am an awards travel member) and thought, “BINGO! Free trip.” Ha.

      The number to call on my letter is: 1-866-349-0966. Postmarked from Phoenix, compliments of Lea Kale, Vice President.

  62. Becky Hall says

    I went ahead and called. They asked for the code at the bottom, which identified me. Figure I’ll go and sit through the 90 minutes and not buy anything. Hope I get another gift beside the two tickets. LOL

    It won’t cost me anything as I WON’T be buying into their “club”.

    I’m not sure how this is fraud or whatever. They tell you right on the phone about the 90 min presentation and about the wholesale “club”. They just don’t tell you how much it costs. I didn’t bother asking as I know I won’t be joining. They asked three questions:

    1) single/married/in relationship?
    2) between the ages of 25 – 75
    3) income at least $50k

    Tickets are supposedly good for a year to any major international airport… Not sure how “major” they’ll make that restriction…

    You have to pay the required taxes/fees like any airline ticket.

    I’m supposed to receive an email with more details.

    • says

      Ooo Becky – please do come back and let us know if you receive your ticket(s) and any updates in your interactions with them? Clearly there’s quite a few people that would love to know what your experience is with them.

    • KAM says

      Becky,

      I live in Pflugerville( Austin) and recvd the same letter today. I also called and reserved a time for Saturday at 2PM at the same location; Jollyville Rd Ste 303. Can you reach out to me I want to know if you really went to the sales pitch?

    • Don Lamb says

      Be ready for them to take your credit card and drivers license and max your card out. Is it really worth it just to see what they have to say?

  63. Louise says

    Received another letter today (4 so far) dated 2/19/13 – telephone number to call is 866-913-0756. Have not called. This cannot be real.

  64. R Camper says

    Letter received from United Airways, Lea Kale, Vice President. Number to call listed ad 866-816-3861. No return address on envelope which was postmarked from Phoenix AZ on Feb 19, 2013.

  65. Aaron says

    Dated Feb 19th, 2013. Postmarked from Phoenix, AZ.
    Manager: Lea Kale. Must respond by March 1st, 2013.
    866-816-3861.

    Although, now that I think about it, everyone is posting about how they found you on google. Is this your way of advertising your blog? If so, very clever. *squintee eyes*

  66. Ryan Swint says

    My wife received this letter too. I looked at it and told her there was no United Airways. So I looked online and saw this link. Good to have this posted.

  67. Karl says

    Received 2/21, dated 2/19.

    United Airways

    [Award text is identical to the examples above]

    Please call me today at 1-866-913-0757.

    Regards,
    Lea Kale
    Vice President

    WV-14814

  68. Renee says

    I received the letter on 2/19/13. It was dated 2/11/13 and said to respond no later than 2/20/13. The phone number was 1-866-955-1623 and it was signed by Jane Cae, Vice President.

  69. Jen F says

    Received letter February 19. Letter dated February 11. Offer expires February 20. This would have given me one day to respond. I believe these scammers are using condensed time frames to encourage victims to respond before they can “sleep on it.”

    The red flags are obvious: hand-addressed envelope; no return address; simple letterhead, with no address. Phone number 866-955-1622. Signed by “Jane Cae.” Evidently with those WP numbers they want to track the people they swindle successfully.

    Please tell everyone you know about this scam — especially elderly friends and relatives. Not everything that arrives in the U.S. Mail (or email) is legitimate.

  70. Debra S says

    I just received the 4th letter from them. This one is dated February 11, 2013, from “United Airways”, telling me to respond by February 20, 2013. The body of the letter is the same as the one you have already scanned to your website above. The phone number they use on my letter is 1-866-955-1622. It is signed by “Jane Cae” rather than the “Jane Cane” referenced above and her title is listed as Vice President. The bottom of the paper lists the following number WP-25358. It is such a shame these scammers keep getting away with sending volumes of letters to the public at large, which, I assume doesn’t realize this is truly a scam! Thanks for your website and for helping others!

    • C. Nichin says

      Same scam in Illinois, received 2/19/2013. Jane Cae, 2 free tickets from “United Airways” 1-866-955-1622. Didn’t believe it and feel great that I found your sight to confirm my disbelief! Thanks.

  71. Diana Grysbeck says

    My letter was from United Airways (no address, phone number, etc. The number to call was 1-866-955-1619, and it was signed by Jane Cae, Vice President. The envelope was hand addressed and postmarked from Phoenix, Arizona.

    I didn’t call. Instead I looked up United Airways on Google and saw your letter comments. Thanks!!!

  72. Sandra says

    Just got my letter today, Feb. 16, 2013! what an obvious scam. Same envelope and letterhead as yours, Daniel. Signed by Jane Cae- no “n”. Went on line because I was curious to see whether or not anyone was doing anything with it and found your website. Good for you and thanks!

    United airways isn’t even in the States.

    United Airways Ltd. (DSE : UNITEDAIR CSE : UNITEDAIR), operating as United Airways (Bengali: ইউনাইটেড এয়ারওয়েজ), is a Bangladeshi private airline headquartered in Uttara, Dhaka.[3] Its primary hub is Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and secondary hub is Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong. It was founded in 2005 and began flights on 10 July 2007 with its first aircraft, a Dash 8-100, purchased from Island Air.[4] By 2012 it became the largest private airline in the country, with a fleet of 9 aircraft, and 14 destinations, employing about 1,000 people directly and indirectly. In its first 5 years of operation, it operated 29,000 flights, and transported around 925,000 passengers.[5]

  73. Dave D says

    I recieved one from United Airways too. Mine was dated 2/11/13, had 1-866-955-1622 as the phone number, and Jane Cae as the VP.

  74. Dan says

    Received the same scam letter today….This is dated Febraury 11th, 2013. Reads:
    ========================================

    ****FROM UNITED AIRWAYS****

    Dear Daniel,

    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 $1,298.00. 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 1-866-955-1622.

    Regards,

    Jan Cane
    Vice President

    What a scam!!!! People can make a REAL living now-a-days and have to scam people to make money.

    Hope this post helps..The fact that the US Post office isn’t doing anything is even more alarming. One would think they can fish stupid scams like this. Oh well.

  75. Sue T says

    I just received the letter today and immediately knew it was a scam…Come on people please don’t ever think you can get something for nothing! It was signed Jane Cae 1-866-955-6795.
    Hoping no one falls victim to this!

    • Lisa M says

      Recieved letter today dated February 4th, 2013 – United Airways – signed by Jane Cae-Vice President.Phone Number: 1-866-955-6798

      Bottom of letter had : WH-66904

      Thank you for sharing this information so that people can avoid garbage such as this!

    • Donna v says

      I just received one today dated February 19th 2013. With the Vice President name of Lea Kale the phone # of 866-816-3861. I think that I also received one a few months ago at my parents address in my maiden name. My father had told me about it and he had also heard about the scam.

  76. Larry B says

    My spouse recently received the same letter. I immediately recognized it as a scam. I scanned it and sent an email to my State Attorney General. The problem is they probably won’t take any action to investigate unless someone is brave enough to admit paying big $$ for nothing and most people are too ashamed to admit they have been scammed.

  77. allen says

    as a follow up to my earlier post–the best way to get back at these kind of scams is do just what I did…go, spend the 1.5 hours on the presentation and then DON’T buy…My “travel consultant” was both mad and almost in tears cause she wasted her time on somebody that wasn’t buying–no buy–no commission…if they had more “no buys” they would eventually give up..

  78. A. Wiltz says

    I too recieved this sane letter for january 28th, 2013. Saying to respond no later than February 6th 2013. Please call me today at 1-866-956-5591. Regards Jan Cane Vice President. At the bottom center of page VX-76013

  79. Brian says

    Received United Airways letter saying the same as above. Number is 1-866-955-6796 with the vice president name of “Jane Cae”

    I see that others have had others names. Thanks!

  80. Felicia says

    I just got the letter yesterday 2/7/13 signed by Jane Cae (funny how others are Jan Cane and Jane Cane and Ian Cane- why would they change around the name of the VP so much?) and was so glad to find this blog about it. Thanks for saving me the call and the possible scam- I always appreciate a head’s up!

    • says

      Hey Felicia,

      You’re welcome! I wonder the same thing, too. I have a feeling they’re just lazy and they put whatever name comes to mind. I’m willing to bet none of the alleged VP’s even exist, let alone work at the company.

  81. allen says

    Got same letter–knew it was going to be one of those typical hard sell deals, but I enjoy going to those to see their expressions when I don’t buy..sometimes they come through with the free gift and sometimes not…one time, years ago, a place offered and I received $200 cash for sitting through a 2 hr presentation–that was fun..sad to see the people who plunk down the $1000′s…

  82. Robert says

    I received the letter on February 2, 2013 from United Airways to reply no later than February 6th, 2013. The letter was signed by Vice President Jan Cane who wanted me to call her at 1-866-956-5590. The envelope was postmarked 29 JAN 2013 from Phoenix AZ.

    • ed amen says

      Got the same one Jan Cane 866-956-5590. You would think this type of scam would be picked up by the Sate Atty. of the recieving state.

  83. Susie says

    Got my free roundtrip ticket offer today signed by Jan Cane
    Phone number 816-956-5590
    So sad to find your post. I guess I won’t be going on that long awaited vacation this year either : (
    Susie

  84. says

    Received the same letter – United Airways really cheap looking zeroxed letterhead. No return address – handwritten envelope. Signed by “Jan Cane” VP. I called them asking if they were truly United Airways which is an airline out of Benghali. They kept avoiding the question and I told them I would take legal action because using another company’s letterhead is illegal. They insisted they were doing nothing wrong. They told me if I forwarded the letter to United Air Legal dept it would come straight to them. Easy to identify scam. I am going to keep there phone # on auto-dial and call them and harrass them daily as I get in bad moods. We should start a crank-call contest/ compilation to their 800#!

  85. Dan says

    Got one dated January 22nd, 2013 with “United Airways” logo. Phone number is 1-866-949-8019. Signed by Jan Cane, Vice President. At the bottom VV-52880.

    • says

      I’m pretty sure the “code” at the bottom of the letter is just placed there to make it look more legitimate. I’d be willing to bet it doesn’t mean a thing to the company that’s sending these out.

      • Lindsey says

        It’s your zip code, so that when you call, they say, “Oh, you’re calling from ________, right?”

        • says

          I’m not sure. I received two letters with two different numbers and neither of them are my zip code. I think it’s just a random number to make it look more legit.

  86. Lauri V says

    Just got the letter today.United Airways mailed from Phoenix on Jan 26, 2013. Handwritten envelope signed by Jan Cane VP

  87. Monica says

    Hi! I’ve got the same letter. The header of the letter says “United Airways”, the letter dated on January 28th, 2013 and signed up by “Jan Cane, Vice President”. The phone number on the letter is 1-866-956-5596. There is a line “VW-71357″at the bottom of page. The rest content of the letter is exactly the same as you provide in this post.
    Thank you for warning me and others about this scam!

    • says

      You bet, Monica. Thanks for posting your details as well. I still haven’t heard from my local news. I may even try contacting the national news channels since this is clearly a nation-wide scam.

  88. Thad K. says

    Dan,

    I just received this letter today (1/28/13). This is the exact letter, word for word including the date, that Tony P. received except the phone number on mine is 866-949-8023.

    I was immediately suspicious because my address was handwritten and there was no return address. When I opened the letter my suspicions were pretty much confirmed by the very plain “letterhead” with the company name of “United Airways”.

    I will be happy to scan & send you a copy of the letter & envelope so you can post. Just let me know where to send. I don’t want anyone to fall victims to these dunderheads!

    Thad K.

    • says

      Hey Thad,

      Thanks for the info. I think they use the hand-written font look to make it look more personal but we both know a legit airline would never send anything like this. I really wish this story would gain some traction. If it’s been going on since July you know they’re still ripping people off or they would have stopped.

  89. Andrew Dudanov says

    Hi! I’ve got the same letter. The header of the letter says “United Airways”, the letter dated on January 22nd, 2013 and signed up by “Jan Cane, Vice President”. The phone number on the letter is 1-866-949-8019. There is a line “VV-42466″at the bottom of page. The rest content of the letter is exactly the same as you provide in this post.
    Thank you for warning me and others about this scam!
    Andrew

    • says

      For every comment I receive from someone that received a letter I get about a hundred hits to the page. I have a feeling this scam is larger than anyone realizes. Has anyone seen any news coverage of this yet?

      • Maggie says

        The news should probably be alerted. Mine was sent to my maiden name (legally changed 3 years ago) with my current address. Letter was from Amy Reed 1-866-955-0877. I also got a letter today from TJ Johnson and Assoc to call 888-312-6280 to claim my new free android tablet. Also with my maiden name and current address.

    • Jason Goodman says

      I got the same exact letter as Andrew, except the code at the bottom of my letter was different. But again, it was from Jan Cain at 1-866-949-8019.

  90. Keith says

    We received that same letter here, too. Ours is the same a Tony P describes (dated Jan 22, 2013, respond by Feb 1, signed by Jan Cane) except that the phone number to call is 1-866-949-8019.

    My first thought when seeing the hand-addressed envelope from Phoenix without a return address was “this is a trick to get us to open the mail… it’s either clever junk mail or a scam.”

  91. says

    Thanks to everyone that’s shared the details of the letter they’ve received from these scammers. I attempted to reach out to a number of news organizations in an attempt to get some media coverage on this as well. Hopefully I hear back so that this story can get a little more attention. I can’t help but believe someone must be falling for this – that’s why they keep doing it.

    If I don’t hear from the media outlets that I reached out to, I may just call the number myself and update the post here with my findings.

  92. Dean says

    Just received the same letter.

    United Airways

    verbiage is identical to above.

    dated January 14th, 2013

    NOTE: You must respond no later than January 23rd, 2013.

    Please call me today at 1-866-955-0876

    Signed by Amy Reed Vice President.

    New it was too good to be true when I opened it, immediately googled it. Googled “amy reed united airways” and this article was third from the top. you are helping prevent fraud.

    no, I didn’t call it.

  93. Nancy Menconi says

    I received a letter dated 1/14/2013 respond by 1/23/2013

    1-866-955-0874

    signed by Amy Reed
    Vice President

  94. Craig says

    The phone number on this letter is 866-955-0877, Amy Reed as Vice Pres. Thanks, I also thought letterhead looked unprofessional

    • says

      It sounds like they’re using a few different numbers. I’ve heard of three different ones so far. They’re also going by different (fake) companies. My letter was from “United Airways” but a number of others have received similar offers from “American Airways”.

      • Jonathan says

        I also received a solicitation from United Airways dated 1/14/13 Has the same value $ 1,298.00 and the deadline for contacting them. My number appeared differently

        1-866-955-0878

        Signed Amy Reed VP

        • says

          Thanks for letting us know, Jonathan. This scam has been going on for at least 6 months. If we can compile as many different variations here maybe that will help prevent someone from getting scammed.

      • says

        I’ve submitted reports on the letters I received to…
        http://www.ripoffreport.com/
        In addition to the BBB, you should consider using this consumer service as well.

        I received the same letter via USPS in a standard white envelope using a single 45 cent stamp originating from a Phoenix, AZ post office. My name and address appear to be electronically printed via a technique that is apparently used to appear as hand writing in blue ink.
        This is the second letter of this type I have received since the first was delivered on October 5, 2012. I moved to the address in January 2012. These two letters are the only ones I can recall ever receiving with this style of manipulation. Although I cannot be certain I haven’t dismissed others at other addresses in the past.

        United Airways

        January 22nd, 2013

        Full Name
        Address
        City, State Zip

        NOTE: You must respond no later than February 1st, 2013.

        Dear Anthony,

        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 $1,298.00. 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 1-866-949-8021.

        Regards,

        Jan Cane
        Vice President

        2 letters followed by a dash and a 5 digit number

          • George J says

            This will be the second then.the phone #1-866-949-8023.Jan Cane and the vt-18567 at bottom middle of letter.My date given is no later than Feb 1st.United Airways..Where is the justice and protection?Way to be at the forefront.I salute you!!!!Oh yeah where does the loop hole lie to escape prosecution ???? We should cinch it like a noose.

          • says

            Thanks George. Be sure to tell your friends about the scam. I called my grandparents and talked to them about it. I’d hate for them to think it was legit and fall for it.

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