Equal-Opportunity Scammers Target AC Too

by Bruce Parkinson

Working for Open Jaw from a home office, I hear from WestJet several times a week. Except it’s not really WestJet. It’s a recorded phone scam that has been going on for years and has been well-publicized by WS and the media. But it still goes on, so it must work.

Now Air Canada is informing agents and travellers that its name is also being taken in vain by phone scammers.

A message from the airline reads:

“You may have received a phone call offering you a vacation or prize from Air Canada. Please note that this is a scam conducted in order to collect personal information for fraudulent use and that Air Canada does not engage in phone promotions.”

The fraudsters are tricky: the calls I receive show like a local number and ring like a local number. Otherwise I wouldn’t pick them up. There’s usually a brief pause, then a recorded voice says “Thank you for choosing WestJet.”

AC says these incidents should be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). You can do that by clicking here. The best advice is of the old-fashioned variety: if something sounds too good to be true, it likely is.





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