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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Beware of consumer fraud alert

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Airport officials are alerting the public about email scams claiming to be from the airport.

One of the most prevalent scams is a recurring email that uses Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport logos and asks the recipient to send cash so that a dog or other animal can be transported.

The scam often involves online ads or unsolicited emails that offer to sell and ship pets such as puppies, birds and monkeys from overseas.

After the buyer purchases the pet, the seller requests additional money, frequently claiming that the pet is sick and is being held at the airport until it receives vaccinations needed to pass through Customs.

The victim often pays the additional money and contacts the Department of Aviation at Hartsfield-Jackson for details about obtaining the pet.

In another scam, the recipient is contacted by a scammer using the name of a top Hartsfield-Jackson official, who tells the person that a bag with his or her name has been left at the airport.

When the person responds, he or she is told that the bag contains a large sum of money and that the money will be sent to him or her in exchange for a processing fee.

Recent scams have come from the email address harstfieldairportatlanta@hotmail.com, which officials are working to have shut down.

Past pet scams used senders such as Cameroon shipping, Atlanta_intl_airport@usa.com and pet_department001@mail2aaron.com.

All official Department of Aviation emails will have @atlanta-airport.com addresses.

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