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Fake Internet Agents Leslie Young Air New Zealand
Fake Internet Agents This problem has been going on for several years, with the same people responsible for several different sites Close one down, and another one pops up Smarter and more sophisticated Using IATA name to legitimize their sites
Fake internet agents cont…… Very professional websites, look genuine Websites often have links to the carriers websites so the customer can compare prices. Customers contact the agent for a quote which ends up cheaper Told they dont have to pay until proof of purchase
Fake internet agents cont…… Agent books directly on the carrier website using compromised credit cards Agent send the ETs to the customer, telling them to ignore the $ amount on the ticket, that they have a special deal Customer told to ring Airline directly to check reservation & tickets before sending money Carrier confirms booking and tickets are fine (as no chargeback has been received at this stage) Customer wires the money to the Agent or direct credit into their account
Problems the carriers face: Nothing to identify that it is a fraudulent booking eg long APs addresses that change constantly Public IP addresses that we cant cut off Travel starting from anywhere, not from one particular country Changing the agency name, but they still have the main one operating. Fake phone numbers in bookings, no way to contact the pax Angry pax who say we rang you and you said everything was OK
Tickets2cheap One of the original agents now closed but FlyAffordable.com & Socheapflights.com were linked to it by address
NT AirFares NTTAIRFARES.COM – Closed but then metamorphoses into
The New NTTAirFares – looks like it was still around 3 weeks ago…..
Travellow ……also closed
Top Wave Travel & Tours Still up and running, unable to close it down. Note the IATA Logo
New Twist on Old Problem-Phising for credit card Info Internet Agent based in UK but with links in India Name of genuine agent slightly changed (added an s on the name) Faraway Travel became Farawaytravels Used the ATOL and address of this genuine agent Also used the domain Momondotravel.co.uk with the ATOL and address of another agent ATC (Air Travel Consultants). There is also a genuine Internet Agent Anyone making a booking through Momondotravel.co.uk get directed to the Farawaytravels website.
Phising for credit card Info Customer books over farawaytravels/momondotravel Website Customer pays with credit card, putting in all their credit card details including name, expiry date, address & the 3 digit security code Customer receives notification from the agent that there was a problem processing the card and requires a wire transfer to a Mr Harpreet Singh in India to get the fare at the same cheap price A 3rd party credit card is used to pay for the tickets, which are compromised credit card numbers from previous bookings. Customer rings up carrier to ascertain that the booking is OK, and on the surface it does look OK. Both sites have been closed and under investigation in the UK.
HOT OFF THE PRESS- Brand new website. Note the IATA Logo
TravelFast - Same phone number as TravelAssistants
….and then the complaints start rolling in
Travelfastnow stole my money and I have no airline tickets! Travelfastnow Complaint by Cindi1Travelfastnow ComplaintCindi1 TravelFastNow is a SCAM!!! They stole my money. They made airline reservations that they then cancelled after a month. Now they won't answer my calls. They have figured out a way to request a refund from the airlines without us knowing about it after we have our flight confirmations in hand. Absolute nightmare experience. My $ is gone and American Airlines says once you go through an agent you are at their mercy?. Never ever use this website if you come across it!. They promise great prices but it is one giant SCAM?. Believe me/. I have never been scammed before and I fell for it|. Tell everyone you know,. I had a gut instinct in the beginning and ignored it, never again'. I feel so sick. 456cbc airline reservationsAbsolute nightmareAmerican Airlines
Same agent, different name, same scam…..
Another new agent Yourtripadvisors – s from the Agent to customer Hello! Our system shows that you've selected WESTERN UNION (WU) as a payment method for your purchase. Attached to this you will find a detailed FAQ on how to initiate WU transfers. For more information please contact your local WU office. Please find the transfer instructions below. Please us once the transfer is complete, or confirm it in the MY ITINERARIES at so that we can activate your tickets. Our company can also provide tickets to you BEFORE we receive your payment. These tickets will be activated after your payment is confirmed. Please let us know if you'd like to receive tickets copy before you submit your payment. Recepient First Name: Endijs Recepient Last name : Spunde Recepient City: Dublin Recepient Country: Ireland Transfer Amount: (EUR) The transfer is sent to our EUROPE processing center. WU does not require any additional information for transfer processing, besides given above. Please note that all WU fees should be deducted from the amount of the transfer, so the total amount will be less than the ticket price. Just let the WU agent know that you want the fees to be deducted from the transfer amount. For example, if you send $ and the fees are $7.00 the amount you should send us will be $ IMPORTANT: Please us the exact transfer amount, MTCN number and sender's first and last name, city and country the transfer was made from after you complete the transfer, so that we can collect it. You can also provide the transfer information online in the MY ITINERARIES section of our website at Please check your order status, edit passenger info, select payment metods, confirm your payments and more in the MY ITINERARIES section at Thank you!
TripPlanners which is associated with YourTripadvisors
All of these Agencies are linked TravelAssistants TravelFast TravelFastNow TravelCheapNow YourTripAdvisors TripPlanners YourTravelAssistants (Also phishing for credit card details)
What we are doing about it Unfortunately there has been very little we can do except: Educate our Call Centre staff by telling them to question anyone enquiring about their bookings eg did you purchase this ticket yourself and how did you pay for your ticket. Alert sent to Consumer Affairs Scam warning on our Internet Site (if the customer clicks on the link from the fraud site it should come to the same page as the scam warning).
Communication is the greatest tool of all
Internal Fraud Leslie Young Air New Zealand
Internal Fraud – A Growing Problem Or has it always been there? Eticketing has made it easier to commit fraud But it has also made it easier to track it With some other types of fraud diminishing, it is time to focus on what is going on in your own organisation
Internal Fraud – Ticketing A snapshot of internal ticketing fraud Revalidation or reissue into higher classes, no ADCOL Revalidation in same cabin class (booked in lowest class to get cheaper fare on a date not wanted, revalidated to the flight/date actually required Reissues of cheap fares from short haul to long haul, one-ways to returns, and totally different routing Reissue into different names. No reccing pax onto flights they are not booked on (no trail, to make it harder to detect than a reissue/reval) We run reports on all of these
Internal Fraud – Ticketing cont…. Revalidation or reissue into higher classes, no ADCOL Eg - an early bird special to the UK reissued from the cheapest economy class to full business class, difference in the fares per pax was over NZD10K Duty Managers sine-in used, hard to detect who had done the changes Generic sine-ins are often used at airports, Note: Try and clean up this practice Staff using unattended computers when the signed in staff member is temporally away from the set Note: Educate your staff to the importance of protecting their sine- ins and passwords, and locking their computer when not at their desk/counter
Internal Fraud – Ticketing cont…. Revalidation/reissue in same cabin class (booked in lowest class to get cheaper fare on a date not wanted, revalidated to the flight/date actually required) Past problem with paper tickets and physical revalidation stickers, still ongoing with ET s. Smaller stations appear to be the biggest problem area (peer pressure) An audit of one of our GSA s revealed over NZD100K of ticketing fraud An audit of one of the Airports resulted in 8 staff being dismissed for doing reissues/revals for friends and family
Internal Fraud – Ticketing cont…. Reissues of cheap fares from short haul to long haul, one- ways to returns, and totally different routing. Ex staff member bought numerous cheap one way tickets over the internet, then reissued them to whatever she or her friends wanted. Suspect she may have on-sold some for cash Short haul single sector domestic became long haul return journeys Changed names Upgrade certificates used for business class travel Difference in NZD25K in 3 months before she left company
Internal Fraud – Ticketing cont…. No Reccing onto flights to get around reissues or revals being identified (if you no-rec a pax it does not form an ET trail) eg A pax buys a ticket for the 26 th May, but actually wants to fly 20 th May Friend at airport no-reccs pax onto flight on the 20th, ET will still show date of 26 th and will show flown date as 26 th. More likely to happen at smaller airports with less controls
Internal Fraud - Refunds Refunding unused tickets to a different FOP, sometimes getting an expired ticket reopened so that they can do this. Refunding non-refundable tickets Refunding for a higher $ amount Adjustment refunds on used tickets
Internal Fraud – Company Credit Cards Personal spend coded as something different Personal spend amongst company spend Multiple cash advances with no corresponding receipts and coded to last cent (no rebanking) History of missing receipts Personal spend not paid back (after saying it was going to be) We random audit as well as run personal spend reports
Internal Fraud – Airport Operations Excess baggage not collected Excess baggage fees collected but not put through for banking (cash) Asking non-related people to take baggage as part of their allowance Upgrading friends/family No-reccing pax on to get around reissuing a ticket and break fare rules Using generic sines to alter ticketing for family and friends
Internal Fraud – Fraud Reports All of the ticketing reports are run from EDW (Electronic Data Warehouse) including Direct Sales refunds Head Office refunds are run from PRA (Passenger Revenue Accounting System) The Airport related ones eg No-rec and Upgrades are run from DCS (Departure Control System)