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Q: "Free Airline Tickets" for joining a club. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: "Free Airline Tickets" for joining a club.
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: bushhog-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 12 Aug 2003 15:35 PDT
Expires: 11 Sep 2003 15:35 PDT
Question ID: 243052
Is Travel Alert Club a legitimate compnay for airline tickets, or are
they a scam? (Pay $150 for tickets on an airline worth $1600)

Request for Question Clarification by mvguy-ga on 12 Aug 2003 16:57 PDT
Could you provide what other information you have about TAC, like its
mail address, phone number or web address? I'm unable to find any
information on it, but I might be able to with more information.

Clarification of Question by bushhog-ga on 13 Aug 2003 15:15 PDT
The only URL I could find was
Their email is Travel Alert Club <>
Their email to me no longer shows the ad. May have done away with it
by now.
Here is the header information:
From :    
Travel Alert Club <>  
To :    
Subject :    
Your Airline Tickets - Round Trip aq  
Date :    
Sat, 26 Jul 2003 11:25:10 -0400  
   MIME-Version: 1.0 
Received: from vlrhtvw ([]) by with
Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.2195.5600); Sat, 26 Jul 2003 09:26:18 -0700
X-Message-Info: JGTYoYF78jEHjJx36Oi8+Q1OJDRSDidP 
Message-ID: <> 
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 26 Jul 2003 16:26:23.0474 (UTC)
Subject: Re: "Free Airline Tickets" for joining a club.
Answered By: mvguy-ga on 13 Aug 2003 22:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I can't prove it's a scam, but I'd bet my net worth on it.

If you go to the following page, you can see a listing of letters
similar to yours that the Travel Alert Club has sent:

Note the e-mail addresses that are being used:

Most of those addresses are addresses that are available for free.

I can think of no legitimate reason why a legitimate company that is
marketing via e-mail would:
1) Not have a web site
2) Not be findable
3) Not provide consistent contact information
4) Not have an e-mail address that isn't free
5) Use garbage words in the subject line to avoid being filtered out
as spam
6) Not tell you in which state it is licensed AND
7) Not indicate its affiliation with any industry group.

Another bad sign is that the links to any web sites or anything else
to do with the site don't work. The indicates instability at best.

The company's business also seems to be set up in a way that would
make it easy to take the money and run.  What they're asking for in
the URL you provided is to send them $20, then in six to eight weeks
you receive a reservation request form. It reeks of a scam.  Like I
said, I can't prove it's a scam.  But to use the cliché, if it looks
like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck....

I don't now what this company's game is, but it's not operating like a
legitimate company would.  I'd steer clear, way clear, of anything
this company has to offer.

bushhog-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.50
Super research, reasoning,  and answer.  Thanks!

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