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Better Business Bureau warns consumers about "free" deals

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By: Jenn Schanz

Two free roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the U.S.

It may sound like a dream vacation, but for Heather Klutts, it might just be another way to get her information, and money.

"I got the postcard and saw it and read it and basically thought this was too good to be true," she says.

Klutts says she remembers winning a "free cruise" once in college. She almost fell for it, but this time she was more suspicious.

The postcard offers two free American Airlines tickets.

The problem?

It's not really from American Airlines...but a company called LTS Travel.  

I researched the company, which claims to be out of Lincoln, but didn't find anything.

Turns out...Klutts was told you don't get the tickets unless you go to a special seminar, and the fine print at the bottom says recipients have to pay all taxes and fees, which can add up.

The Better Business Bureau says scams offering free airfare is a trend right now, and it that it often leads to identity theft.

"They will say you've won something. It's sometimes, you know, very exciting. It's a large amount of money, or free tickets, or a free Caribbean cruise. But what they really are looking for is your personal information," says Teresa Stitcher Fritz of Lincoln's Better Business Bureau.

Experts say consumers should be on the lookout for scams if they come across incorrect grammar, the offer asks for any personal information or money, and if you win a contest you never entered.

Heather says despite not falling for this offer, she wants people to be aware of possibly shady deals.

"I didn't get scammed out of this. Basically, I just don't want anyone else that maybe gets this and gets super excited about a trip and then goes on it and ends up paying hundred of dollars for something that they weren't expecting."

If you're concerned you may be a victim of a scam, contact the Better Business Bureau by visiting their website or calling their 24-hour information line at 402-391-7612 or 800-649-6814.

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