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
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.