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
- 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
- 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.
PT. Sekar Acala Jagadhita
Ting South East Asian Network Tours & Travel Agency
Asia Transpacific Journeys
Jl. Bintang Buana 12
Bhaktiseraga Barat Singaraja
Bali - Indonesia
IATA - International Air Transport Association No. 021 5921.
ASITA - Association of Indonesia Tours & Travel Agencies No.
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-Better Business Bureau Gold Star Award Members
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-Association of Vacation Home Rental Managers-Travel Agent (VRMA)
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes
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