Imagine showing up at the airport check-in counter, all set for your well-deserved vacation or holiday visit with friends and family, only to be turned away after discovering that what you thought was a valid ticket was actually part of a scam.
Hundreds of would-be travelers have unfortunately fallen victim to such airline ticket fraud in recent months and years. These operations, almost exclusively based off of loosely-regulated Internet sales and auction sites, promise too-good-to-be-true deals on trip credit, vouchers, and similar non-hardcopy forms of ticketing.
After the money has been wired and the exchange made, the scammers usually manage to slip away without a trace, leaving the unsuspecting eBay, Craigslist, or classifieds shopper out cold. Most employ stolen credit cards along with a flight confirmation number to lure their victims.
Other fraud cases have involved airline employees illegally obtaining thousands of tickets from their companies and reselling them at reduced value. While most web sites that facilitate transactions warn against such possibilities, the actual security procedures tend to be minimal.
The online world has been a boon for criminal activity, with a previously unimaginable level of anonymity behind which to hide. However, the federal government has responded swiftly and harshly to this threat, devoting huge resources to seeking out online criminals and punishing them to the full extent of the law.
If you or someone you love has been charged with an airline scam or any other sort of fraudulent crime, you will need the help of an experienced legal team to make your case. Contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., today by calling (408) 296-4100.