German authorities are investigating an alleged fraud involving the creation of what some are claiming to be an non-existent airline that sold seats to 300 travellers.
Germany Airlines advertised flights from Dusseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart and Basel to Pristina but was exposed as fake after scamming more than 300 people into purchasing tickets for non-existent flights. Two days before the advertised services were due to commence, Germany Airlines informed passengers that their flights had been cancelled and that all travellers would be compensated. However, ticket holders never heard from the so-called airline again.
This is not the first time that bogus on-line airlines have appeared in the news. Professional looking websites and the lure of incredible low-cost fares have duped many people in the past. Police say that 12 people are being investigated regarding this latest alleged fraud. If charged, they face between six months and fifteen years in jail. The Swiss consumer protection agency Reklamationszentrale, has warned against similar operators such as Germani Airways, Aeroprishtina and Adria Fly.
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The phoney travel agent, the fake travel website, and now the new airline con goes to show that the travel consumer, always looking for that last minute bargain, is an easy target for unscrupulous criminals.
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