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September 16, 2014
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Holiday Travel Scams

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When a holiday break is approaching, millions will go on the road, ride the rail or fly to  go  on  vacation.  Travelling  is  expensive,  particularly  airfare,  and  anybody  can  be scammed by cheap offers that are difficult to ignore. A lot of holiday scams happen online. Some may appear legitimate until you see the warning signs. Some of these are:

  1. The most obvious is when the travel site does not accept credit card payment and instead prefer a bank or wire transfer only. Do not deal with them.
  2. Some  holiday  scams  involve  emails.  You  may  receive  one  saying  you won  a holiday stay in a popular destination spot. There is a number you have to call to  claim  your  prize.  You  call  the  number  and  they  will  say  they  have  to arrange  the  air  travel  to  the  island.  You  pay  for  the  airfare  without  knowing that the amount you shelled out already covers the cost of your prize.
  3. Another  form  of  free  vacation  scam  is  when  the prize  you  won  is  of  low quality.  It  may  be  far  from  the  beach  or  the  accommodation  is  far  from luxurious. The scammer will then offer a better room or another hotel for an additional fee. You may also get charged for resort fees, taxes and other fees.
  4.  Another  common free vacation scam  is when a caller will ask  for your credit card  number  to  pay  for service  fees  and  claim  that  the  vacation  package will be sent via post. As a common practice when paying via credit card, they will  tell  you  that  you  can  cancel  during  a  certain  period  of  time  but  by  the time the package arrives, it would already be too late.
  5.  If in case something unforeseen happens in your vacation, scammers will use that opportunity to dupe you into believing you can claim for compensation. They  will  ask  for  your  personal  details  such  as  passport  information  and credit  card  details  so  that  your  compensation  can  be  deposited  to  your account. Do not give your credit card details to someone who claims that you will receive something. There’s a high probability this is a scam.
  6.  Holiday  scammers  also  target  your  family  and  friends.  They  may  receive  an email saying that you had your wallet stolen and cannot settle your hotel bill. You  friend  may  believe  because  only  friends  know  his  email  address–  or  so he  thinks.  This  particular  holiday  scam  uses  details  skimmed from  social networking sites or send distress emails to family and friends.
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