PAL warns against online ticket scam using fake IDs
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is warning the public against an online ticket scam where victims are offered fake IDs to use at the airport check-in counters.
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the scam enticed travelers to purchase “cheap” tickets via social media sites.
The scammers buy airline tickets in bulk and then sell these at lower rates but these could only be used with fake IDs.
“Tickets are under the name of fictitious people. So these buyers are offered a fake ID to present at the airport,” Villaluna told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Bureau of Immigration Port Operations Division chief Red Marinas earlier told the PNA that Immigration officers use several means to identify counterfeit documents and IDs.
Based on PAL’s records, 68 passengers have been caught for using counterfeit IDs as of Oct. 5. Most of these passengers were apprehended in Cotabato, Clark, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, and Bacolod.
Under Article 178 (Using Fictitious Name and Concealing True Name) and Article 172 (Falsification of Public Documents), a person may be charged with one month or two to six years imprisonment, respectively.
PAL reminds passengers to avoid this online ticket scam to avoid missing their flights and facing legal problems. (PNA)