Scam Sightings

Part 1:Low Grade Scam By International-Destinations

International-Destinations has a scam so glaringly obvious that it makes me admire professionals who are impressively creative when they are outrageously crooked.

Brief: A FAX arrived as a Memo with the Continental Airlines Logo displayed. It came from the H. R. DEPT of an otherwise unnamed company. It offers 6 day/5 night packages, with all meals for $175 pp to destinations in Mexico and Hawaii. It gives a toll free number (888-680-5749) with a hook: THE FIRST 100 CALLERS get a 5 Days 4 Nights BONUS TO JAMAICA. Callers learn about its website after calling the toll-free number. Note the hyphen between international and destinations. The hyphen distinguishes it from other sites using the two words. Google sends it to the top of a search list when the words international and destination are used.

Details: Scamsters answer the number and say they are a “fulfillment center” for Continental Airlines. (Misrepresentation.) Since the offer is already “sold out”, callers are sent to the above website for other offers. I was urged me to pick one—and told they could beat the $3,099 website price. (Bait-And-Switch.) Also, no specific date was needed because what I would get is “good” for either 12 or 18 months, depending on which scamster I spoke to. Each grew impatient when I would not surrender my Visa or MasterCard number. (Fraud plus Petty Larceny in some venues, Grand Larceny in others).

Gotcha: I contacted Continental Airlines; it has no idea who this operation is—and turned it over to their fraud folks. The website and scamsters claim to represent the Four Seasons in Maui. Corporate Four Seasons checked with its Maui Four Seasons; there is no affiliation with International Destinations.

IDEA: ID could sue me for slandering them or unauthorized use of the above logo. Go ahead, International-Destinations, sue me. Make my day.


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