Scammers Target Australian Residents Via Fake Virgin Airlines Calls
A number of people in different parts of Australia have reported receiving 'prize' calls claiming to be from Virgin Australia.
The callers claim that the 'lucky' recipient of the call has won a cash prize or 999 frequent-flyer points. Supposedly, winners were randomly drawn from the names of people who have flown with the airline in the past.
However, the calls are certainly not from Virgin Australia and recipients have won nothing at all. The calls are a criminal ruse designed to steal credit card information.
Virgin Australia has issued a statement warning people about the scam. The statement advises people to hang up immediately if they receive one of the bogus calls.
The statement also notes that there may be a second version of the scam in which the criminals claim that a booked flight has been cancelled and the recipient must provide credit card details to secure a seat on the next available flight.
Other businesses have been targeted in similar scams.
Be very cautious of any unsolicited phone call from an airline or other company that claims that you have won a prize and must provide credit card details as part of the claim procedure.
If you receive such a call, do not provide your credit card details or any other personal information. It is highly unlikely that a company would ask you to provide credit card information in order to claim a prize. If in doubt, you can always contact the company directly to find out if the call was legitimate.
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Last updated: July 15, 2014
First published: July 15, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen