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 Is this a scam?..Refund on fuel surcharge with BA & Virg

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magica
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Today, I received a notice in the post stating I may be entitled to a refund on fuel surcharges with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic for longhaul flights between Aug 2004 and March 2006.

The notice was from the class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in the U.S., it claims that BA and virgin Atlantic unlawfully conspired to fix prices of fuel surcharges imposed on long-haul passenger fares, and as a result caused harm to consumers.

In a way, I'm thinking it could be genuine because I have travelled with VS on a long haul-flight during the specified dates and the notice was addressed in my given full name as indicated in my passport, which I would only put down when I'm travelling.

I can't think how they would of got hold of my full name as I'm usually known by my middle name.

Is this a scam? Claims can be made online and details can be found on the website:

https://www.airpassengerrefund.co.uk/

Has anyone heard of this??

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

For starters any financial organization knows about scammers and how they work, so they will never use email to send personal information.
I always board planes with my email account Wink
Now to check it, do you have the whole email including the header?
That should tell you where the email came from. If.. just post it here and we'll help you figure that one out.
The mentioned website doesn't ring any bells on my machine, but the relevant info.
Quote:
Domain name:
airpassengerrefund.co.uk

Registrant:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Trading as:
EPIQ

Registrant type:
Non-UK Corporation

Registrant's address:
10300 SW Allen Boulevard
Beaverton
Oregon
97005
US

Registrar:
No registrar listed. This domain is registered directly with Nominet.

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 15-Feb-2008
Renewal date: 15-Feb-2010
Last updated: 10-Jun-2008

Registration status:
Registered until renewal date.

Name servers:
ns18.customer.level3.net 209.244.5.21
ns23.customer.level3.net 209.244.5.116

WHOIS lookup made at 16:14:34 08-Sep-2008

--
This WHOIS information is provided for free by Nominet UK the central registry
for .uk domain names. This information and the .uk WHOIS are:

Copyright Nominet UK 1996 - 2008.

seems okay to me, but wait until the pro's get here.
If I would react I would contact them by phone and ask them to use the normal snail mail to contact me. Their phone seems okay 800-043-0343 and free.

EDIT:
Sorry I didn't notice you being new here, WELCOME here and read a bit, several other members with actual real knowledge on this subject will jump in here during the day and give their professional opinion.
Have fun and stay safe

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It is a legit site, plenty about it on Google:

Google results For: airpassengerrefund.co.uk

A couple of the sites where it is mentioned include the Guardian newspapers website, here:

Guardian Story

And Telegraph Newpapers site:

Telegraph Story

Of course, that doesn't mean the email you received was legit, it could be lads piggybacking on a legit site, can you post the full headers of the email you received, please?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:41 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks!

I have just phoned the number and it's a automated information line.
I'm afraid I don't have the header because I didn't receive the notice by email, it was by post.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks for your help! This site is great! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Ahhh, sorry, by "post" I automatically thought you meant via email Very Happy

In that case, it's "probably" legit, but don't take my word for it, when you get to speak to someone on the freephone number, watch out for the red flags, like asking you for credit card information, passwords etc.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry again, I'm stupid, assuming post=email. As B.A. said ^, careful and common sense go a long way, but it doesn't seem to be a scam from what we have here.
Eh, you can still play with us though, we do have a few real scammers left Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:28 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Bill/ Scam patrol,

Thanks for your speedy replies! and the good advice.
Shall certainly have a go at scambaiting as a new hobby. I'm loving the scambaiting stories, very entertaining indeed! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

WELCOME
We have some rules and some things to make it easy to do this game SAFE, risks are minimum, but like riding a bike, you got to know some things. Laughing
We have a free Mentor service to help you with the first steps and who will try to set you up safe so no emails lead to Real Life (RL) info of you or others, Innocent Third Parties (ITP) and later when you're in a pinch, they can help as they "know" your game plans.
Read, read and read a bit more especially the "stickies" have good info on how to.... You can request a Mentor here http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=122306&start=325 as it can take awhile for them to arrive they made this linky something to read while you're waiting for your mentor Smile
If you have any questions, don't hesitate, PW's like me answer most questions or know who should be informed Laughing
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