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.”
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 @iata.org 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.”