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Be on the Alert for Prize-Related Sales Pitches


August 22, 2013 - EAA members should be on the alert for telephone sales pitches that claim they won prizes but also ask for credit card information or payments in advance.

Several members have alerted EAA headquarters in recent days, saying they received phone calls announcing that they have won a prize or are eligible for a product at a deeply discounted price. The caller then asks for credit card information or payment in advance to claim the merchandise or product.

"These are not EAA-based or endorsed promotions or offers, so people should take all precautions to protect their personal and financial information as they would at any other time," said Jeff Kaufman, EAA's director of business development. "There are legitimate promotions by reputable companies at AirVenture, but EAA does not permit exhibitors to promote offers with prizes and discounts that depend on receiving credit card information over the phone or up-front payments."

EAA does not sell its member list to marketers. We encourage all members to ignore any calls that refer to prizes or deep discounts and ask for financial information, credit card numbers, or advance payment, and in such cases to contact your local Better Business Bureau or your state's consumer protection agency.


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