I think I escaped this scam today, but I won't feel safe until I'm on my flight tomorrow.
I tried to do online checkin for my British Air flight this morning, and the website said I have to do it at the ticket counter, probably because of passport checks etc? I wanted to call Alaska (the operator of my first leg) to check that assumption, since they didn't recognize my BA confrimation number, and told my phone to "call Alaska Airlines" which connected me with a boiler room full of poor English speakers (very authentic for most customer service). They claimed my first reservation was "standby" and not confirmed, which is not what BA showed. Anyway, to make a very long story slightly shorter, I coughed up $1370 to "confirm" my unconfirmed flights. Their convoluted explanation for the charges made me realize there must be a scam afoot, so I hung up, checked the phone number, and realized the "call Alaska" phone issue. They called me back, I explained my suspicions, and said I'd call them back if I was able to confirm any of it. Of course, Alaska has a 4 hour queue time, and BA isn't accepting any calls unless you get lucky. I was eventually able to confirm the flights were just fine.
Anyway, the scammer was myflightdiscount.com and they bill through bansaltravelsinc.com of San Ramon, CA. The charge appeared on my credit card website, but just as quickly disappeared.
I suddenly feel older and dumber than just yesterday...