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Beware of travel scams

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two free airline tickets to travel anywhere in the United States -- it sounds too good to be true. And according to the Louisville chapter of the Better Business Bureau, it is too good to be true.

About a week ago, Louisville residents Anne Frye and her husband, just back from vacation, were going through their mail when one particular envelope stood out.  "We opened it and we agreed it was probably not legitimate," says Frye.

It didn't take long for her and her husband to figure out the letter was bogus.  "It just kind of stood out," she says, "because it was from Arizona and it had no return address, and it was hand written on the envelope."

So Anne did the right thing.  "We actually tore it in half and stuck it in the recycle bin pretty quickly," she says.

Charles Mattingly, the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau, says his organization is getting a lot of calls about the letter.  "We've had a lot of inquiries," says Mattingly, "and we tell people it is not two free airline tickets."

He says it is easy to see that the letter is not what if might first appear to be.  The logo on the letter is suspicious, there is no name of a company mentioned, nor a location of a company. All of this, he says, raises a red flag or two.

"More than likely," Mattingly explains, "they are trying to get you to come to a sales presentation; the ones I have seen most recently are for travel club memberships."

He says while solicitations like these are misleading and deceptive, they are not illegal and law enforcement agencies cannot do much about them.

He says people who might join such a travel club likely won't lose any money, but they won't be saving any money either, despite promises to do so.

"You probably won't get to stay where you want to say," he explains. "You will probably be charged fees and surcharges and most people end up very disappointed with those memberships."

He says do what Anne Frye did.  "Throw it away when you get it, absolutely," says Mattingly.

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