Scammers sell travel deals bought on stolen cards

| 02/12/2009

(CNS): The Financial Crimes Unit of the RCIPS has said that it has received reports of more scams from which local people have fallen prey. The public is being warned that a con-artist is offering package travel deals, primarily to Jamaica, and has taken cash from individuals for tickets which they are told are bought on line. In reality, the tickets were purchased using fraudulent means. The FCU said the scam where the recipients believe they have a genuine ticket and travel itinerary is because the criminals have used the credit cards details of customers from various banks around the world.

Police did not say if the scammers are stealing cards or using the method of identity theft to buy the travel tickets they then sell on to their victims. Anyone who suspects that they may have been a victim of this scam or who has recently paid cash to a third party for flights, other than a bona fide travel agency or airline is asked to contact DC Richard Clarke at the Financial Crimes Unit on 9498797.

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