The holiday season is a great time to spend time with family and friends, many Family’s travel long distances to spend that time with their loved ones. With the up coming holiday season an estimated 41 million people expected to be travelling. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time for holiday travel scams. The best way to keep yourself from being duped is to be aware of some of the common tactics and “special offers” that crooks use to take advantage of you.
According to a recent CBS News report, here are some scams you might encounter:
- You make plans to travel to Europe and track down a travel website that offers you an unbelievable rate on a hotel room. For payment, though, the site wants a bank or wire transfer and won’t let you pay with a credit card – definite signs of scam.
- You receive an e-mail that indicates you’ve won a free stay at a Caribbean hotel. Once you call the number to get your prize, you find that you have to book your airfare through the agency which is handling the “winners,” which may cost you a couple thousand dollars. If you actually go through with the trip, you may find that the hotel is not even close to the beach or that you are subjected to high-pressure timeshare presentations.
- An e-mail arrives that supposedly is from one of your friends who is travelling to Europe. The “friend” says that his wallet was stolen and that he can’t pay his hotel bill. Guess what happens next? You’re asked to wire money. Don’t do it.
- Your favorite college football teams lands a spot in a big bowl game. You find a great package deal to the game, pay your money and then make the trip. One small problem – your travel package included airfare and a hotel, but it didn’t have any tickets to the game and you now end up watching the big game in your hotel room!
Travel scams continue to happen for one reason – they work sometimes. Don’t let yourself or your loved ones become a victim.