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BA And Flybe Passengers Targeted By Scammers

British holidaymakers have been warned that they should take travel discounts advertised on social media with a pinch of salt, reports The Sun.

While we may all jump at the possibility of free flights or additional spending money, following a recent spate of phoney discounts, British Airways (BA) has released a statement warning its passengers to not be fooled by the scams.

Cons are getting more convincing and the latest dodgy email campaign making its rounds is particularly good. While initially the email appears to be from a BA email address, the proclamation of “Don’t think twice, this offer is only available today!” has aroused suspicion in some customers.

Recipients were then asked to click on a link, choose their ideal travel destination and add personal details. This information is used for fraud and identity theft.

BA was quick to respond and in a statement released on its Facebook page said: “This is not a legitimate competition. Please do not click on any links or share the post with your friends. Please report the post to Facebook. All genuine competitions are posted on this British Airways page.”

Elsewhere, Flybe passengers have also been subjected to a scam. This time the fraudsters created a promotion detailing a competition wherein winners would “Get 2 Free Flybe Airline Tickets on its 20th Birthday (sic)”.

The airline has dismissed the competition as a scam and warned customers not to click on or share the link.

The City of London Police National Fraud Intelligence Bureau reports that £11.5m was lost to travel fraudsters in 2015, up more than 400% on 2014.

Consumer group Action Fraud instructed the public not to reply to suspicious emails, texts or calls offering holidays at very low prices.

“Remember, don’t click on any links within these emails and texts, or open any attachments, as they may lead to malicious websites or downloads,” it said.

What to look out for:

  • Unsolicited emails
  • Promises that seem too good to be true
  • Requests for upfront payment or personal details
  • Being told the offer needs to kept secret/acted on immediately
  • On social media: check whether the account is validated (has a little blue tick), how recently the page was created and how many followers it has.

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