On August 2012, my girlfriend and I had planned to go back to the Philippines for vacation on March 2013. One of our closest friends (Sharon) referred us to Sherwin to get the tickets from him for the price of $1500.00 for two tickets. She made us feel safe by saying it was legit and got her round-trip ticket from him last year. She said Sherwin had issued her with the ticket and was able to fly to the Philippines and come back here without any problems. Therefore, we were convinced to buy those tickets as well. At first I was paranoid and didn't really want to buy them but like I said I was convinced and was given an assurance by my trusted friend so I did buy them eventually.
We gave the $1500 check to Sharon so AM Travel Services associate would pick it up from her house. After a few days Sharon gave us the receipt with a confirmation number. Unfortunately, I also referred my girlfriend's cousin, Karla, to buy her airline ticket from Sherwin. I gave her all the information about Sherwin and she also tried to purchase the ticket on October 2012 for $850. She was instructed to deposit the money to Sherwin's bank account which is Chase Bank so she did. After a couple of weeks Sherwin sent Karla an email saying:
"for passengers/clients message from sherwin: im sorry to tell u dat d operation will cease for a while because my relative enemy has orchestrated a fabricated complaint against me that jeopardized my travel operations. it is a criminal offense. If your travel date in anytime soon, please make travel arrangement with other travel agency and your payment will be refunded. I need your address to process refund. If your travel date is not too soon I might be able to still continue and issue your ticket. I am currently working to fix the problem and pls pray for me. I'm really sorry but rest assured that i will do everything to fix it."
That's when we realized it was a scam and could not get a hold of Sherwin Bagas any longer.