Canada West Ski Areas Association: Fraud & Scams impacting Ski Industry
Unfortunately CWSAA is receiving reports of increasing scams. Two very different scams have been reported to our office recently:
1. Emails being sent to CWSAA members, offering conference delegate lists.
2. Lift ticket scams through Facebook marketplace, Kijiji and similar online classified services.
Phishing Scam emails which may appear related to CWSAA
CWSAA has been made aware of some emails related to the CWSAA Spring Conference that are not legitimate and do not originate from CWSAA. One recent email offers the 2023 CWSAA Spring Conference attendee list for a price. This email appears to be a phishing scam. Unfortunately schemes like this are becoming more common and we would like to provide you with some information to help prevent falling victim.
Lift Ticket Scams
Some CWSAA ski area members have reported new or increasing instances of fraudulent transactions involving online lift ticket purchases.
Many of these schemes involve a suspected fraudster selling discounted lift tickets through online marketplaces such as Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace. Some of these scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and guests may arrive at a ski resort thinking they have a valid lift ticket.
Ski areas may wish to communicate with consumers that they should only purchase online lift tickets directly from the resort's website or their authorized ticket retailer. Purchasing lift tickets from online marketplaces like Kijiji may seem attractive (too good to be true) but has a high probability of being fraudulent.