I got one of those mass mailer letters with the perforated edges. It said "Happy Birthday!" on the front. Inside there was a Southwest Airlines logo, which included the text, "Plus other major airlines".
Further down it said that I had won a free trip for my birthday! Hooray! All I had to do was call 1-800-813-6994. I even had a reservation code! PB007.
There was another piece of paper that I ripped out that looked like a Southwest Airlines boarding pass. On the back in small print was written:
Travel Provider:Now let's put on our thinking hats... What makes this appear as a scam?
8500 Leesburg Pike
Vienne, Va 22182
*Certain restrictions may apply.
*This promotion is not sponsored by or affiliated with Southwest, they are a major supplier
- Postage paid in West Palm Beach, Florida. Permit #: 3950.
- Suspicious travel agency that I can't nail down on the web. They claim to be in "Vienne", Virginia. There is no "Vienne". But there is a "Vienna".
- Possible use of Southwest registered trademarks without permission.
- Again, poor grammar and punctuation.
- The desire for me to contact them.