Have you received one? The marvelous letter -- on Official (sans address) Letterhead, no less -- that is "pleased to inform [...] that [I] have qualified for an award of 2 roundtrip airline tickets," from "American Airways." A $1398 value! Oooooh! Signed by the Vice President, too -- if you check online, you'll find a lot of different "Vice President" names on those letters.
Other versions use "U.S. Airlines" instead of "American Airways." Neither name is a real airline. U. S. Airways (which is quite real) has had to put up a Scam Alert page about it. So does the Better Business Bureau.
It is either a phishing scam or a deceptive advertising campaign, just one side (or the other) of legal, for a "travel club." I'm told if you call the number, a nice -- or at least fast-talking -- person collects some information from you and tries to get you to attend a sales pitch for a "travel club." But don't call; that just lets 'em know you might be a good prospect for similar crapvertising.
There still ain't no free lunch. But there are plenty of people out to make a buck on the guileless optimism of their fellowmen. Don't let them.
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