DETROIT – With COVID vaccines available, more people are looking to get back into traveling and scammers are aware.

The Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker is receiving reports of con artists creating fake airline ticket booking sites or customer service numbers.

Make sure you double-check the website’s URL and phone number before you provide your credit card information.

The fake websites or phone numbers appear when people search online for flights.

In one scenario, you book the flight through the website or by calling the fraudulent number but when you receive the confirmation email it’s clear that you didn’t get a ticket.

In another scenario, you book a flight on a travel website offering deals and pay with your credit card. After paying, you get a call from the company saying that there’s been a sudden price increase and you need to pay an extra fee to finalize your booking. This is a scam, a legitimate company wouldn’t do that.


One victim told the BBB, “I received a phone call right after [I booked the flight] stating that they wanted $100 per passenger to finalize my flight.” The victim called the airline to complain and found out that “the flight wasn’t available to begin with. The flight was never booked … This company just charged my card.”

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If you come across a company that you’re not familiar with you should research it before making any purchases.

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