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November 2, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Fraudsters posing as IATA are targeting travel organisations, agents and other industry stakeholders with the intention of extorting money.

Email is one of the most frequent fraud techniques and some of the addresses are very plausible. IATA has issued a list of addresses that should set alarm bells ringing immediately.

IATA advises that it uses “a sophisticated strategy and tools to prevent fraud attacks”, but it warns that fraudsters still find ways to bypass the best efforts.

“To help mitigate fraudulent activities, it is important that IATA stakeholders understand how to identify fraud so it can be reported to IATA’s fraud prevention team,” the airline body states.

It advises anyone suspecting fraud to report the problem to information.security@iata.org

The latest fraudulent activity uses the extensions “co.za” or “com.za”http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/b2b/?utm_source=e-global&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=exotic-destination&fbtrack=CUST-exotic-destination-e-global-banner

In addition, IATA says fraudulent e-mails using the following domains have been targeting stakeholders across all regions:

revenue@iata-invoice.org reply to revenue@iata-payment-online.org

iataagent.dr@accountant.com

iata@iata-invoice-online.org reply to revenue@iata-payment-online.org

iata@comcast reply to account@iata-invoice-payment.org

richbloo@outlook.com

iata.bspagents@accountant.com

audit@iata.com reply to iata.audit@gmail.com

info@iataoffice.org

customers.secure@binternet.com

awaz19@binternet.com reply to iatagent@accountant.com

iata@casspayment.org reply to iatafinancedept@yahoo.com

account@iata-bsp.org reply to reveneu@iata-payment-online.org

finance@iata-bsp.org reply to revenue@iata-payment-online.org

aonikenk@satlink.com reply to account@accountinvoice-lata.org

account@iatabsp.org reply to iata@iatabilling.org

account@iatabsp.org reply to invoicing@iatacass.org

peter.cerdar_iata@accountant.com

IATA.BSP@accountant.com

strategic-partners@accountant.com

invoicing@iatacass.org

IATA advises recipients not to respond to messages originating from these domains, delete them and report any further activities to information.security@iata.org

Also note that IATA never communicates via these domains: @gmx.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, @usa.com, @accountant.com or outlook.com

IATA advises that stakeholders have experienced the following types of email fraud:

Phishing: emails purporting to be from legitimate organizations asking individuals to reveal confidential information such as passwords and bank details

Spoofing: Email addresses disguised as IATA domains (such as accounts@iata.org) to hide sender address

Recurrent fraudulent email domains

Below is a list of current scams. IATA advises recipients to ignore and delete messages from these addresses:

iata@agencymanagment.com

account@iata.org

iataaccountant@accountant.com

iata.offices@accountant.com

CustomerCare@iataglobal.org reply to iatacustomercarre@gmx.com

invoicing@iatacass.com

audit@iata.com reply to tayylormatt@gmail.com

iata.payments@accountant.com

invoicing@iatacass.org

iata.agencymanagement@accountant.com

finance@iata-payment-online.org reply to account@iatacollections

alexandre_dejuniac@accounting-iata.org

Edited by Peter Needham

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