There has been an increase in reports of individuals being duped after using Trusted Traveler programs such as TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, and NEXUS. The travelers claimed they were charged $140 and received nothing in exchange.
The first reports of the frauds surfaced in March 2021, and by July, cybercriminals were using Google Ads to advertise the bogus websites on Google Search and drive more traffic to them.
According to a research conducted by Abnormal Security, the scam campaign is still underway, and as we approach the holiday travel period, the odds of more people falling prey to them increase.
What Is TSA PreCheck?
According to Wikipedia, TSA PreCheck is a Trusted Traveler program that allows selected members of select frequent flyer programs to receive expedited screening for domestic and select international itineraries.
Travelers who register in this program get just one background check and then can take trips across the United States without having to remove personal belongings or go through extensive security checks every time they travel.
An increasing number of travelers are enrolling for this service, especially during the pandemic, when nobody wants to spend a lot of time in line, surrounded by hundreds of people.