Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Fraudsters target forwarders with payment demands

Fraudsters are sending freight forwarders fake payment demands that purport to come from the International Air Transport Association.

The British International Freight Association said that one example of a fraudulent email is headed: “IATA OUTSTANDING INVOICE” and the text said: “there are some outstanding debt your company needs to pay International Air Transport Association (IATA), Kindly check your record/file and get back to us for payment procedure. Failure to read from your company for action may lead to sanctions taken.”

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Director General Peter Quantrill said: “Most of the messages bear the usual tell tale signs of a scam such as an address for IATA @gmail or @yahoo, however, some of the more deceptive scammers have managed to replicate into the email suffix.

“Our advice to members is don’t be taken in. The only payments made to IATA will be via a CASS account and unsubstantiated emails should be deleted immediately.”