Wednesday, 17 January 2018

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Lamorde Cautions Travellers Over Use Of Credit Card For Air Tickets

The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police on Monday, July 31, advised air travellers against using credit cards for the purchase of air tickets to avoid being defrauded.

The Commissioner of Police in charge of the SFU, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, gave this advice in an interview with Newsmen in Lagos State.

Mr Lamorde said some air passengers were defrauded of #2.3 million by suspected fraudsters who used stolen credit cards for such transactions.

According to him, some passengers were offloaded from a commercial flight because stolen credit cards were used in buying their tickets.

He said the passengers were directed to appear at the American Embassy for interrogation to explain how they bought the tickets.

At the Embassy, it was discovered that they paid a total sum of #2.3 million to one of the suspects who operates a travel agency at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos State.

The police chief said the first suspect, (name withheld), who partnered with the second suspect (name withheld), claimed he had been running a travel agency in Ibadan for over five years, adding that in December 2016, the same travel agency defrauded a family of 11 of huge sums of money through air tickets.

He said after the investigation, it was discovered that the travel agencies were not certified by the International Air Transport Association (AITA), and that credit cards thieves are usually targeting hospitality and aviation industry to spend the money.

Mr Larmode said if a person wants to use a credit card to purchase tickets, the person is expected to come along with the credit card on the day he or she is about to board to make it legitimate.

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