How To Avoid Travel-Related Ticket Fraud

The Airline Ticket is an Attractive Commodity for Fraudsters

Fraudsters are everywhere, always ready to target unsuspecting travellers. Swindlers extract millions of pounds each year from you and I.

The airline ticket is an attractive commodity for fraudsters. Fraudsters will often offer fares that are attractively lower than their competitors, which can be a warning sign.

It is important to remember to see whether the agent is an IATA license holder. The majority of Travel Agents are and if so, they are required in law to issue tickets immediately on full payment. Insist that the Travel Agent sends a confirmation email to you, as soon as you have paid. You should make your payment preferably by credit or debit card.

A few agents do “buy in” legitimate tickets from other companies, which hold an ATOL license. Ask for a confirmation invoice from the ATOL holder supplying the ticket.  In both cases, you should acquire full details of the flights and itinerary, together with a six digit number (the PNR – Passenger Name Record). The PNR is the unique ID for your flight reservations, so do check this to make sure your ticket is genuine.