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Avianca Pn Informative - Fraudulent Purchase - Airline Tickets

Review by garciajra2 on 2011-06-18
I just arrived from work and received a call from my bank, Chase, informing me that a couple of charges were made out of the ordinary from my regular habits. The first transaction was made, I'm assuming, to see if the card was valid. The company that charged my account was DeVorss & Company (A book store out of California)for $1.89. This was the first red flag my bank put up, because I live in the midwest. Then 3 minutes later a transaction for $1250.74 was trying to get posted. The company that tried to charge my card was Avianca Pn., a southAmerican airline company, luckily my bank did not approve this transaction. I tried to call the DeVorss & Company number, 800-843-5743, and was not able to get in touch with them, because of their weird hours. I am going to see if they can give me information on the purchase made and from where it came from.

Come to find out the transactions are normally made before the weekend because any attempts to contact any one will not be possible because of the companies being closed on the weekends. So check your accounts before the wekends to see if any out of the ordinary purchaes have been made. They start out small, but then they hit you hard.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-07-28
Posted by MJGoldfarb on 2011-06-18:
Your last paragraph is very helpful. Check not only your bank accounts but also your credit card statements regularly!!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-06-18:
This could be written as a compliment for Chase...good info.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-06-18:
Sounds like someone stole your credit card information and sold it to one or more people.

Now these legitimate companies are being approached by the criminals who are attempting to use your information. I assume Chase shut that card number off for you.
Posted by Ben There on 2011-06-19:
I don't see how Avianca is to blame in this situation. They just happened to be the company the fraudsters try to use your credit card with.

The first charge was probably a small dollar purchase to see if your credit card still worked - that small of an amount would fly under most radars. Once the fraudsters saw the card was still activated, they tried to buy plane tickets. The fact that they used Avianca means nothing more than that they wanted to go to a destination in South America.
Posted by Murphy on 2011-07-28:
I had the same thing happen to me except Sovereign Bank paid the charges to the tune of >&6,000.00 to this Avancia PN Airlines. $3,330.00 $2,245.00, $196.60 Leaving me with $0.00 on a friday after being paid.

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