Airline Ticket Credit Fraud

 

Airline Tickets Credit Fraud: How It Works

(with video below) Crooks use stolen credit cards to purchase airline tickets and then cancel them, in order to get a flight credit and a confirmation number. A series of airlines worldwide make it pretty easy to pull this, especially Southwest Airlines.

After canceling, scam artists offer the funds online, on websites like Craigslist, Kijiji, Oodle or Gumtree. They explain they can’t take the flights and will offer to transfer the funds for a discounted price.

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They reveal the confirmation number so the victims really think everything it’s legitimate. The purchasers are then required to transfer the money into an untraceable account, by wiring money through services like Western Union. When the victims try to redeem the tickets with their credit, they are told they can’t because the initial tickets were bought with a stolen credit card. But that’s not all.

Watch the video below below to see a different variation of the Airline Tickets Scam:

Airline Tickets Scam Exposed Video

 

Airline Tickets Credit Fraud: How To Avoid

When you are buying any kind of tickets, make sure you purchase them through reputable sources. Don’t buy them online, unless the sellers are local, so at least you are able to check the tickets physically and put a face to the transaction.

Don’t believe what a stranger says just because they have good deal. You can also report the scam below.

 

Airline Tickets Credit Fraud: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of the Airline Credit scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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Dee Mefford

How can an airline DELTA not sell the same flights as Travelocity or Expedia.
When I contacted DELTA they have not record of the Delta flight I was wanting to purchase from DELTA.
Dec 23- 2013
Delta fligh # 365 from ALT to Mexico City
Aero Mex flight # 1244 on Dec 23

Dec 30th Aero Mexo flight # 243 MZT to Mexico City
Dec 30th DELTA flight # 130 Mexico City to ALT
Dec 30th DELTA flight #4904 ALt to TRI

RENNY

IVE BEEN TALKING TO THIS GIRL ON LINE SHE WANTS TO COME AND LIVE WITH ME IN VEGAS SHE SHOWED ME A FLGHT TICKET WITH THE CONFIRMATION AND CLAIMS TO BE TRUTH BUT SHE NEEDS 450$ SO SHE CAN TAKE A HIV TEST BECAUSE NIGERIA REQUIRES IT BEFORE LEAVING THE COUNTRY PLEASE HELP

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Renny

That is a scam, HIV tests can be done free in nigeria. Hope you did not send her the money.

ANNA CERNA

I purchased my ticket online with booking airefare on friday 26 of june so when i was done it said pending I called and the guy told me it was just in case I changed within the next 24 hours so i thought it was ok he said on sunday you should geta eticket. so sunday is here we get a email that the ticket is now 230.00 more than what we got it for on line. is there anything we can do?

Dale

I was just scammed by a website Cheapflight-air.com for over £500 that I was instructed to send Western Union to an accountant in the UK.. How I fell for that is unnerving.. The website, ticket confirmation and all correspondence seemed so legitimate until they receive the funds.. Then all contact is lost..

Miri, Choe

I found this website during searching for flight ticket fraud. http://www.flightscheap-air.com I reserved a ticket through that website. I should’ve felt it is weird when they talked me that their credit card system is broken, so I needed to transfer the moeny for ticket price. I was blind because of that cheap cheap cheap price. Anyway, they have a contact number start from +48 (country code for calling) and it says it is number for office in Beriln, Germany. However, the country code for Germany is 49, not 48. and number for office in Istanbul start from weird country code… Read more »

Aleksandra M

Where we should report a airline ticket spam? I was also fulled by http://www.flightcheapair.com
This froud was made in April 2014 with 2 airplane tickets that costed me 3500 USD. The money that they ask us to send were in Bratislava and the company itself as per their description is in Poland, and they have also in Istanbul.
Is there any chance of those people to be catch and any way to return our money back someday some how????

H Mendoza

Avoid TravelBuddy247.com they will book cheap travel for you and in a matter of two weeks you will be double billed for your travel. The first charge that will appear on your credit card will be from ELLASTVSHOP for the full amount of your travel, the second charge will show up a few weeks later, again for the full amount, this time from TravelBuddy247.com
Good luck getting your money back.

Mark Mather

I went through Fare compare, I have used this before and found them a trust worthy site giving options of different agents. Last night i selected a the flight i wanted through Sky-scanner, the agent turned out to be Via.com. I booked the flight, after the transaction was complete i got an email saying they suspect my card has been misused and they wanted a copy of the front of my card and a copy of my ID, it also stated they couldn’t book the ticket and the ticket was subject to rise until they got this information. I off… Read more »

Nancy

After filling out a form online giving the dates and airports, we received an offer from info@discount-flights.eu for a very cheap round-trip to the USA. They pre-paid the tickets, sent the confirmation numbers that we were able to verify on the American Airlines website. However, they wanted payment through Western Union, promising another reduction if we paid that way. After checking scam techniques and the Western Union website warnings we have cancelled and not lost any money.

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