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Airline ticket online scam costs student 10,000 yuan

A STUDENT who went online to book a 763 yuan (US$118) airplane ticket ended up being conned out of almost 10,000 yuan, police said yesterday.

Officers are advising locals to be wary of low prices offered by some small websites as more and more fraudsters are targeting the booming online ticket booking service.

The freshman, surnamed Du, received an emergency call from relatives and decided to rush home to Changsha City in central China's Hunan Province on May 29.

Du booked her ticket through a website which falsely included "Air China" - one of the country's leading airlines - in its name, and paid 763 yuan on her bank card.

However, Du didn't receive her ticket and the website informed her that she should make a phone call to "activate" the ticket.

A man, claiming to be an "Air China" official, told her she must "activate" the ticket at an ATM machine.

Du entered figures as instructed by the man over the phone, as the "verification code," but didn't realize that she was actually transferring 9,852 yuan into his account.

On realizing she had been duped, Du contacted police.

Meanwhile, a local resident, surnamed Duan, said she was cheated out of 4,000 yuan last week by a phishing site disguised as a ticket booking website.


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