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Postcard Offering Free Trip Could Be A Scheme

6:18 PM, Jan 17, 2014   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, NC -- You never know what will show up in your mailbox. Just look at what your neighbors are finding.
It appears you've won a free trip for two complete with airline tickets and a hotel stay!

What makes it seem even more believable are the logos at the bottom of the front of the post card. Let me give you a closer look at the names/businesses includes: Expedia,, Kayak, Southwest, Jetblue, United, Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton.

But turn the postcard over and you see the fine print.
"This promotion is not sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, United Airlines..." and it goes on to list every name and logo used on the front.

How can they get away with using the logos and the names?
Kevin Hinterberger with the Better Business Bureau of Greensboro says, "anyone with a good printer can do this sort of thing. You don't even know what company you're dealing with, so tracking them down would take a lot of time and effort."

Usually, with these types of unknown offers, the phone number to call is just a third party that takes the calls and issues coupons or vouchers for another company.

From the logos and companies that are in print but not really included and the fact you don't know what company you're dealing with, there's another indicator this offer may not be all it is cracked up to be: misspellings and incorrect punctuation are a giveaway.

In this case, the front of the post card reads, "Congratulations.!"

Also in the fine print, it says "taxes and registration fees are the responsibility of the recipient." Often that is how they turn what seems like an easy get-away into an expensive adventure.


















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