Airline Ticket Phishing Scam

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Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:35 PM
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Airline Ticket Phishing Scam

From a pilot's board I go to:

The Department of State Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) provided the below information regarding bogus Airline Ticketing Websites. It is provided for informational purposes only.

“Use caution when purchasing airline tickets online. The following airline ticketing Internet websites have been identified to be scams: www.BusySky.net; www.CheapClouds.com; www.CrazyTickets.net; and www.SubmitPrice.net.
These sites attract customers by undercutting airline ticket prices offered elsewhere. They capture your credit card information, including account number, expiration date, and CVV (an anti-fraud security feature on credit cards).
The customer receives a message stating that the credit card transaction has been declined, followed by instructions to wire funds for payment of the tickets. This scam is quite clever in that unlike the usual phishing scam, they have not initiated the contact. The customer makes the initial contact by doing a web search for the best ticket prices.

This creates a false perception of legitimacy. If successful, they will have obtained the customers' credit card information (sufficient to do mail order, phone order, or internet order), the customers' funds (if wired), and deposit account information (origination of wire). The web sites reportedly trace back to Bulgaria. The Secret Service has been informed of the sites.” (Source: Department of State CIRT)

be careful out there!!
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Apr 4th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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Hi there,
Please also add the following to that list:
www.aircentral.net
www.superfares.biz
www.bookingsaver.com
www.happyticket.net
www.flyjumbo.net
www.bestflight.net

The latest and currently in-use one is Bestflight.net, which I've just tracked down and operated by the same group.
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