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Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

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Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

.... starting this thread in the hope people spot it on search engines ...

Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM.

This is another site from the scammers that brought us flightbuddyonline,.com, cheap-flights-deal.com and more recently cheaper-airflights.com, and more information can be found below -

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k6854237…

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k5791478…

The scam works by offering a credit card "option", but then stating that credit card processing is "temporarily unavailable", then that Paypal is unavailable and seducing you into paying by bank transfer or Western Union.

1) Never pay for air tickets using bank transfer or Western Union. Once the money has left your account it's gone and there is no way of retrieving it.

2) There is no such thing as a "non-activated e-ticket". Anyone can make a reservation before ticketing that appears on an airline website, and you can view it and select seats. But if the airline is never paid the reservation disappears.

3) If you have sent money by bank transfer to this operation, or you have been sent bank transfer instructions, contact the police. In the UK use http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

33 replies to this topic
khosirea
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1. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

Million thanks that I found your warning. I m almost stuck in the trap!! That almost 1500 Euros round trip from Thailand to Europe for 2 person . But its over of my card limited as well showed the same that technical support of Visa and Paypal Problem. I ask the official invoice with I may able to claim my office for reimburse but they send me the e-ticket as its impossible to issue without paid.I check back to airline if the code is activate or not. Of course no show !! then make me though that could be the spam !!

Regards

Nattaya

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2. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

Nattaya,

You're welcome. And kudos to you for doing research and checking before paying. Glad to see my post has helped. These scammers have lots of sites like this and others will appear so be on your guard.

Edited: 11:06 pm, January 28, 2014
3. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

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Portland, Oregon
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5. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

phuketngos (Nattaya),

Please report this to the police. And provide them with the information you posted. That is exactly the information they need. In your case the crime is attempted theft as well as fraud. You thankfully did not lose your money but you have very useful evidence. Your local police will pass it to Interpol.

There will be hundreds of these bank accounts that they use (probably dumb students who think they have a job collecting and passing on money). They won't be able to shut down the scam with your information alone. But it will be another small piece of information that could help them track the criminals down.

Edited: 11:28 pm, January 28, 2014
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6. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

G'day USBT,

Great heads up.

Have you included this in your FAQ's? (If so, apologies, I'm posting from my phone)

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7. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

KVE,

"Have you included this in your FAQ's? "

No I haven't. I personally don't think it'll have any effect there. This particular site will get closed down and another will get opened with another name. So that's why I opened a specific thread in the hope people would spot it on the search engines. It appeared half way down page one when I searched myself on Google, and it appears to have worked. I'd welcome any advice for getting as much coverage on google without having to pay for an ad. :-)

I think opening threads like this when new sites appear may have a better effect. I'll try to make it clear they're not duplicates either, as that's already caused a misunderstanding with a warning about another URL from the same combo getting voted down (TA kindly restored it).

Edited: 11:59 pm, January 28, 2014
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8. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

Yeah I'm not good with things like that, all I know is that it has something to do with the volume of traffic. I think current/recent activity plus key word matching has an affect also.

My brother has friends who works for an online behavioral research company that does stuff for hotels and airlines.

I'll try and give them a bell and if I find anything, shoot you a PM. Hopefully in the meantime, others on the boards will have suggestions also

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9. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

Hi,

I have been researching the web specially to identify whether my personal data is misused in any way or published online. Oh well, here we are. Someone created a scam company with this name.

Considering I lived in the South of Spain and signed rental agreement, there are people who could have used my data to open a fake bank account :(

If you need any assitance to file a dispute/report to police, please let me know.

Meanwhile I will appreciate if you censore the full name because I don't want to associated with this matter.

Regards

Edited: 9:58 am, February 09, 2014
Tel Aviv District...
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10. Re: Warning - http://airflight-deals.com is a SCAM

I have been scam by them can someone help me?

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