Discounted airfare scam snags conference registrants
CALGARY, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet has uncovered a scam involving a deeply discounted airfare offer for registrants of an upcoming conference in the U.S.
While doing routine checks of WestJet's credit card transactions, WestJet fraud investigators discovered a scam advertising return flights for up to 50 per cent lower than fares available through westjet.com. It's estimated as many as 100 conference registrants accepted the offer and paid for airfare only to discover that their ticket was invalid because it was purchased with other individuals' stolen credit cards.
"This scheme validates the steps we take to monitor transactions in an effort to protect our guests and our company from unscrupulous people," said Alexis Gunderson, WestJet Team Lead, Fraud Investigation. "It also shows that the old adage is more appropriate today than ever before: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. It's important to do your homework before purchasing your flights. The lowest WestJet fares are those advertised on westjet.com, and travellers should avoid suspicious-looking deals advertised elsewhere. Ensure you are getting exactly what you paid for by booking your flights and vacation packages directly with an airline or tour operator, your preferred travel agent or other reputable travel service provider."
WestJet has turned over information regarding this fraud scheme to law enforcement authorities for further investigation.
For more information on how WestJet protects payment information for our guests, please visit http://www.westjet.com/guest/en/travel/basics/fares/credit-card-security.shtml
As part of Fraud Awareness month, WestJet is reminding Canadians to be vigilant against a variety of scams including those purporting to sell vacations. For more information, visit www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/index.html or by calling 1-888-495-8501.
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