Watch Out For Airline Ticket Scams

The advent of the internet was supposed to grant consumers greater choice and, ultimately, save them money.

Unfortunately, however, scam artists don’t miss a trick, and airline tickets is another area in which they look to turn a healthy profit.

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If you are scouring the internet for good prices on airline tickets then the following piece of advice is timeless –

Remember, if it seems to good to be true, it most likely is.

These scam websites that offer these tickets attract potential customers by undercutting their rivals, especially the airlines themselves.

Subsequently, they then capture your credit card details, including the account number, expiry date, and CVV (the 3 digit security number on the signature strip).

Stage two is for the customer to then receive a message which tells them that the credit card transaction has been declined for some reason.

The message will then request payment by an alternative method, normally Western Union or some other hard to track wire service.

If a customer falls for this then they will actually have been scammed twice –

Firstly, they will have payed for airline tickets which they will almost certainly not receive.

Secondly, they will have handed over their credit card details, along with everything required to make purchases online (many websites will allow goods to be delivered to alternative addresses).

The moral of this article then is to stay on your guard and to make sure that you only buy your airline tickets from reputable businesses.

Happy travels!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. You are 100% right! It’s very easy to create a website that looks legitimate to an average internet user.Once they achieve that, they are only one step away from cleaning your bank accounts…
    But even if you buy tickets through a real company, often the 99$ you need to pay turn into 199$, because the first fee doesn’t cover anything.
    it’s the same with all sorts of tickets. 2 years ago me and some friends were traveling around the Mediterranean sea. We found very cheap ferry tickets from Greece to Italy …Long story short, it was a scam and we had to buy the tickets at the pier, and that shortened our trip by over a week…

    • I can empathise with that – I was recently looking at buying train/ferry tickets for a journey from Paris to Istanbul.

      The price quoted on the website was very reasonable but then there were ‘compulsory supplments’ which more than doubled the cost.

      By the way, I can’t understand a word on your site – is it in Polish?

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