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Scam E-mails Target Freight Forwarders

Internet-scammers are dispatching false payment demands to freight forwarders, which pose as being sent from IATA (International Air Transport Association). Logisticsmanager.com reported this on April 30, 2012.

IATA, it's noted represents a global industry trade syndicate comprising airlines whose main offices are located in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).

One sample e-mail from the scam displays the caption "IATA OUTSTANDING INVOICE," according to the British International Freight Association (BIFA). The message body tells the reader that his company requires clearing certain outstanding payment due on IATA. It's requested that the reader examine his file/records followed with reverting back for making the payment procedure. Incase the message is overlooked or the reader's company fails to take action, then it could result in sanctions.

Subsequently, the e-mail tries to appear genuine and lawful so it tells the reader that the message may carry confidential/privileged news. Therefore, solely that person should read it whose name is in the salutation. Strictly, no illegitimate distribution, revelation, or reproduction will be allowed. Incase anybody gets the e-mail by mistake, he's urged to erase it right away as also inform the sender via return e-mail, the scam e-mail ends.

Peter Quantrill Director General of BIFA, providing additional information on the spurious e-mails, stated that the Association's members had informed about e-mails arriving from IATA that asked them to make payments. In fact, the Secretariat got several of them, Quantrill added. Bifa.org reported this dated April 30, 2012.

Quantrill also outlined that the e-mails generally carried the typical indications of any scammer's e-mail like an IATA e-mail id @yahoo alternatively @gmail. Nonetheless, a few increasingly deceiving scammers had even duplicated @iata.org inside the id, he added.

BIFA urges members not to get convinced with the e-mail since any payment intended for the IATA is done through Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS) accounts, therefore unconfirmed e-mails mustn't let to linger in inboxes.

Alongside the incorrect IATA e-mail id, the scam e-mail suggests other signs of fraud too such as grammatical and spelling mistakes. Lastly, for freight forwarders who doubt they've been defrauded with the scam, it's advisable they inform IATA about the incident soon.

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