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Holiday Scam Warning Signs


When it’s the time of the year when holiday bookings are at its peak, holiday scams may just be around the corner. Experts are warning vacationers about the dangers of fraudulent travel companies and other forms of holiday scams.

These are the tell-tale signs must look out for. Be informed and help reduce your risk of being duped by scammers.

  1. If the flight and holiday prices are way cheaper than the competitors, start doubting. Flight prices are set by airlines. Agents may have some elbow room in adjusting the prices but if what you’re being offered is too low, it’s a red flag that something is not right.
  2. If the only payment option offered is bank transfer, it implies that no bank trusts them enough to provide credit card facilities. Do not deal with companies such as these because it will be impossible to get your money back.
  3. The logo they use for their website, flyers, brochure and other marketing materials are of low resolution.
  4. If the company has a track record of defrauding people, don’t even think of dealing with them. You can find out about a company’s reputation by doing an online search. Check the company’s profile and read the feedback page. While some of the feedback may be fabricated, use your gut to determine which are factual and false.
  5. Check if the web address is legitimate and that there are no alterations in the domain name. You can check the domain name of the website at who.is which will give you the date when the company was registered. A recent registration of the domain name can be an issue if the company has been existing long before. If the address is not provided, that’s a warning sign, too.
  6. Find out if the company belongs to a recognized trade body.
  7. Finally, trust your instinct. When in doubt, don’t.
  8. Find out if the company belongs to a recognized trade body.
  9. Finally, trust your instinct. When in doubt, don’t.
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