|Published:||Nov 14, 2012 4:09 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 14, 2012 6:50 PM EST|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A company that some could think represents an airline company is setting up a so-called travel club. They offer you all sorts of deals if you come to a presentation.
The so-called travel club is under the name U.S. Airlines but it's not associated with any airline. The company has been contacting people in southwest Florida but again it's an offer simply too good to be true.
The letter that WINK viewers have received in the mail offers two free round tip tickets. The letter also says the company has tried to contact you but that's not true. It's a warning of buyer beware.
It's an offer that has many people thinking some things in life could be free.
"It was a letter and I believe that it said US Airlines. Not US Air, not United," said Carol Butterfield, woman who received a letter.
But when Butterfield received the note addressed to her, saying she'd won two free round trip tickets.
"It had no address, no telephone number," said Butterfield.
Butterfield knew better.
"It described that I had won two tickets and all I had to do was to call that number that was listed in the letter. It looked like a scam to us," said Butterfield.
The Punta Gorda part-time resident reported the scam to the Florida Attorney General's Office right away. In the last two years, the Florida Attorney's General Office has gotten more than 60 complaints with a handful of them in southwest Florida regarding this letter.
It has the header US Airlines on it. The letter guarantees people two, free, roundtrip tickets anywhere in the country. When we called the 1-800 number to find out, they put us through the customer service.
After putting us on hold and transferring our calls from one person to another, we left several messages and our calls haven't been returned. When Butterfield called to see what would happen, she said the operator asked her about income, martial status and home address.
"His next question was what income bracket were we in and I said I'm sorry I'm not going to give you that. He said ok thank you, we'll give your prize to someone else and he slammed the phone down," said Butterfield.
Butterfield did get a change to ask where the company was based out of and they told her southwest Florida.
"He said they were representing a new travel agency in Fort Myers. He did not give me a name or anything like that," said Butterfield.
Through our investigation, WINK News learned U.S. Airlines is a travel agency. They have an F rating with the Better Business Bureau and are not accredited. The company asks you to attend a presentation for a travel membership deal with sign up fees in the thousand of dollars. You have to do all that before you can get round trip tickets.
"Anybody who gets it who thinks they're going to get something, you need to look very carefully," said Butterfield.
A few things on the letter do put up some warning flags. For one, there is no airline company called U.S. Airlines. The logo on the letter is not associated with an airline company. Butterfield just hopes others will learn that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
"It concerns me and I think often elderly people think that oh this is a wonderful chance to do something and they may not have enough income to do it on their own," said Butterfield.
The letter with the title U.S. Airlines is not associated with any airline company. WINK News discovered it's a travel agency by a group called Global Vacation Network. Just a simple Google search of them and you'll find complaints from people saying they've never received their tickets either.