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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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