Since I was first scammed in 2005 by westcanadatours.com, I have been contacted by numerous people who have subsequently been scammed by the same outfit. They are still going strong. BEWARE! Today I received another query!
I also refer you to an article by Paula Dobbyn from the Alaskan Daily News in 2005 when she wrote an article in hotel-online.com on all the alias companies that are used to attract and snare unsuspecting victims. The article is called "A company with slick travel web sites, including goalaska.com and travelalaska.net, stiffing customers and the businesses providing the srevices."The companies all have a similar format and only give an email address as a contact . If you use a gmail account, you may well not get a reply...?
"Heinz Schultz, the so called ring leader" seems to have escaped the law all these years. Constant highlighting of new victims and reporting will protect others.
In 2005 I booked and paid for a self drive holiday that was supposed to occur from the 7th September to the 21st September 2005. "Sarah" was very helpful up until all the payment was received and then I never received any further correspondence in spite of trying to reach them. Somehow I came across a phone no [protected], but when I rang it the other person was very surprised that I had it and denied any knowledge of the company. I also learned that they operated under numerous names including "Canada and Alaska Tours" which is on their invoice.
We did go to Canada, not with a travel agent, but on our own and when we visited the address on the invoice there was no such business registered there. In July 2006 I read a worrying report about the company in the Alaskan registered businesses which confirmed my fears. Unfortunately I am unble to track down the article. In March 2009 I was contacted by Allison Devereaux, a reporter from the CBC North who was investigating on scam canadian tour companies. However it appears that she too has run into a dead end!
I am ever hopeful that these people will be brought to justice, but they seem to be above the law!! I would be happy to provide my invoice and correspondence if required.
Lana Todkill Email : [protected]@bigpond.com