BBB Serving the Brazos Valley & Deep East Texas is warning the public against an airline ticket scam that has been targeting international students wishing to travel to India.
On Monday, Oct. 6, Texas A&M University Police Detectives informed BBB that 17 international students had attempted to purchase airline tickets from Jasmine Travel, which they found on an Indian classified site, http://www.sulekha.com.
The website was offering airfare to India for $700 cheaper than anywhere else.
TAMU Detectives found that the website was claiming an address in Forest Hills, New York that was actually a Citibank office. Jasmine Travel was also claiming a Los Alamitos, California office that was actually another travel agency called Adam Intelligent Travel.
A BBB search for “Jasmine Travel scam” found a ScamAdviser.com report that showed the company to be in Jakarta, Indonesia, but with two servers in Georgia.
The Eagle and other media outlets report that the FBI is investigating the company, but if it is based in another country, the FBI will likely be unable to recover their money.
BBB urges consumers to reduce the risk of getting ripped off by avoiding “too good to be true” offers.