12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2013 7:54 AM by crescentbeach4u RSS

    Foreign Inquiries from Bali?  Complete with websites and details unusual in scams.

    debi Contributor

      Hi All:

       

      I have received a most interesting inquiry from what looks like a legit travel agancy in Bali.  I want to establish the "scam-factor" of this exchange, and am not sure how to do it.  The websites given seem to be valid.  Any suggestions?  Is it possible to check an IATA number? I would appreciate feedback, I'm stumped and can usually spot a scam pretty easily ...  following is a portion of the last email:      -Debi

       

      Yes, we are running an authorized and the most trustworthy travel &

      guide agent at Denpasar, Bali Island, ID. Before I do the reservation

      arrangements. Please answer our questions below;

       

      - Do you have space availability for that dates? If not, please notify

      that our clients vacation dates availability are flexible.

      - For most Internet simply reservation may our clients provide you their

      credit cards for the method of payment?

      - Do I get a commission as referral fees for this guests information

      from you? If yes, we propose you a little higher 12,5% commission on the

      total amount of their stay.

      - Reason of visit is pleasure, tourism and do social activities.

      - Can maid, cleaning and catering service be booked with you as

      additional services?

      - If you could serve limousine airport-pick up service. Please let me

      know the additional cost but it is fine when you could not serve

      limousine airport-pick up service. Do you have a good advice for renting

      a car?

      - May I ask for references from your past renters I will forward to my

      clients? This is just an optional request.

       

      And our company always suggest our clients to pay 100% deposit in

      advance (full payment) to any properties we are looking for, not just

      30-50% payment in advance. So there's no need to balance the remainder

      upon their arrival. We also explained them this would be

      non-refundable funds when they'll make any cancellation for doing 100%

      payment in advance.

       

      I also have read an American traveling article and they gave me a good

      advice like state below so I'm always informing this good advice to

      all of our clients.

       

      "Travel Tip: Be smart when you pay. Pay with credit cards when

      possible. Cash, checks, PayPal and bank wire transfers are much more

      difficult to recover. NEVER wire monies via Western Union, MoneyGram

      or instant wire transfer services."

       

      By the way, I always have bad phone connection when I tried to reach

      you so I assumed electronic mail is best, fastest and cheap way to

      make all communication around the world. In addition, we would like to

      show you a travel itinerary provided by the airline, that our guest is

      confirmed to travel on the dates requested.

       

      So please recalculate the total payment with your best price include

      tax, damage/security deposit & cleaning service also our 12,5%

      commission will be. I hope you understand our integrity mission and

      appreciate our intentions to do honorable and ethical business. Peace

      be with you and your preciousness underlings.

       

      Kindest Regards,

      Ms. XXXXX

       

      PT. Sekar Acala Jagadhita

      Ting South East Asian Network Tours & Travel Agency

      Asia Transpacific Journeys

       

      Jl. Bintang Buana 12

      Bhaktiseraga Barat Singaraja

      Bali - Indonesia

       

      Phone: +62-81804-255770

      Website: www.asita.org

                   www.asiatranspacific.com

       

      IATA  - International Air Transport Association No. 021 5921.

      ASITA - Association of Indonesia Tours & Travel Agencies No.

      07/XI/DPP/82.

       

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      -Association of Vacation Home Rental Managers-Travel Agent (VRMA)

       

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