By Jim Donovan: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. There are NO free rides in life. You’ll want to remember that if you get a letter in the mail claiming you’ve “qualified for an award of 2 roundtrip airline tickets”.

One of our assignment editors got one of these letters recently. Kristen’s letter said that the tickets had a retail value of up to $1,398. Yippee! Well at least until reality sets in. Fortunately Kristen knew it was a scam.

The letter claims to be from US Airlines. Well there isn’t such a carrier as US Airlines. In fact US Airways has even posted a scam alert telling customers that the letters aren’t coming from them.

The Better Business Bureau has put out a warning too.  They say that these letters are part of a phishing scheme, designed to acquire your personal information.

I called the phone number on the letter and was disconnected three times.

Take my advice, if you get one of these letters, throw it in the trash, unfortunately you are going anywhere.

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