Travel Agent Held in Mileage Point Fraud

Published: 21st August 2015 04:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2015 04:27 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: A major scam involving several thousand pounds has been solved by police here.

The police arrested a travel agent who allegedly siphoned off ‘mileage points’ of frequent British Airways travellers and sold them to unsuspecting clients. The case has underlined cracks in weak cyber security.

The accused, identified as Damanpreet Singh, runs a travel agency in Jhandewalan area here and used to accumulate and redeem the mileage points (Avios) of frequent British Airways flyers using multiple fake accounts and then sell the tickets to others.

Police said 32-year-old Singh used to keep tabs on loyal BA clients as it would give mileage points to such flyers on the basis of distance travelled a year. Those points could again be collectively used as currency for buying fresh tickets pertaining to the same firm. Sources said he has so far stolen 2 million mileage points. Each point is worth around BP 1.5.

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