Scam Promises Ash Victims Compensation

An email scam claiming it will help passengers affected by the volcanic ash cloud, has been uncovered by the Wrexham based firm Scam Detectives.

The emails claim to be from the Civil Aviation Authority and invite those affected to pay a small administration fee in order to receive £2,000 compensation for the chaos caused.

The Civil Aviation Authority said that it will be asking the police to investigate the issue.

Charles Conway of the Scam Detectives website said, "it's a scam through and through."

He warned: "If you reply, you'll be asked for an 'administration fee' before your payment can be released and you'll never see a penny."

The emails claiming to be from a "Frank Adam, chief consumer protection officer of the CAA," not only ask for an administration fee but also for personal details including passport information.

A spokesman from the CAA stated today, "I can categorically say that this e-mail has nothing to do with us."

Mr Conway, the Scam Detectives editor issued a word of advice for those receiving the offending email: "If you receive an e-mail claiming to be offering you a payment to compensate you for the inconvenience of being stuck overseas, you should delete it immediately without responding."

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