Police are reminding the public to remain vigilant of scams involving the purchase of airfares through advertisements originating from social media platforms.
With the relaxation of COVID-19 border restrictions, people are eager to travel, however scammers are taking advantage of this by impersonating seemingly legitimate travel agencies online.
Through the creation of fake ads and websites, scammers are luring people with the promise of affordable travel.
Although initial contact occurs through social media, the communication is often moved to separate messaging platforms, where a quote is prepared.
This is then followed up with a phone call to confirm itinerary details – adding a sense of legitimacy to the purchase. The victim is then asked to make payment via bank transfer and providing copies of passports.
Unfortunately, the companies do not exist and people lose their money. In addition to this, there is the potential for future victimisation resulting from identity theft.
South Australia Police recommend that people conduct their own independent research and use reputable/known travel agencies where possible.
Never trust reviews on the website or contained within the social media post itself and remember – if it appears too good to be true, it probably is!
Visit www.police.sa.gov.au/scams for further information on scams affecting South Australians.