I was contacted by Amitava Basu from Airfares Arena in relation to a quote I had requested on Sulekha. Amitava Basu is a fraud and his modus operandi is to first credentialize himself as an ASTA member, lure innocent people with low airfares, and get them to transfer funds via Western Union or Xoom to a bank account in India. The funds are immediately moved by ATM withdrawals and bank transfers. He has accomplices that handle the funds – Pramod Tiwari and Kishore Kumar, to name a couple of them.Amitava creates the illusion of a booking to convince us, but in reality, those bookings are not paid for. He calls the airlines, impersonates the passengers, and creates the booking using unauthorized credit cards.I have been scammed by Amitava Basu and Airfares Arena. If you are reading this before transferring funds to him, please don’t proceed with the funds transfer and stay away from the guy and his agency. If you are reading this after being scammed, take heart in the fact that your moral compass is strong and you are not the one leading a shameful existence by scamming innocent people.