Travel scams are everywhere and happen to anyone at anytime. Have a healthy mind set when you travel.
The whole point in taking a vacation is to enjoy the places you travel and relax in your surroundings.
To accomplish this, you need to stay alert to the people around you and what is going on.
Traveling in a state of oblivion will only get you into trouble.
The State Department has also been known to issue warnings concerning travel scams in certain cities and countries.
Go to identity theft scams to become aware of all the different scams that can make you a victim.
Thieves don’t care about your race or income bracket.
They will target anyone that makes it easy for them.
Unfortunately, the thief’s job is now made easier with cell phones, Blackberries and iPods.
There are so many types of travel scams to be aware of, such as;
This type of scam happens everywhere, even your own city, but is especially prevalent when you are traveling on vacation.
Now you’re in a different state, city or even foreign country.
What do you do now?
The problems are endless and trust me; you don’t want to have to deal with this, especially while you’re trying to enjoy yourself on vacation.
It is much easier to be aware of how these scams work so you can protect yourself and don’t become a victim.
For safety purposes, whenever I have travel, I am aware of the people around me and what they’re doing.
I am especially aware of strangers that try to approach me when I’m walking on the streets.
If you feel uncomfortable where you are, go somewhere else.
Pay attention to that “gut” feeling, the little voice that tells you something isn’t quite right.
Common sense goes a long way in keeping you and your possession’s safe.
I have a friend that travels extensively and always uses a money belt. Not a bad idea!
If you see airline advertisements that seem way too good to be true, be aware, they more than likely are.
Don’t be too quick to whip out your credit card or hit that buy button.
Guess what? This doubles your cost. This is what I call very creative pricing.
Go to credit card scam to see the ways this scam affects everyone.
Protect yourself, don't be at the mercy of criminals.
Timeshare scams are a very popular type of scam. They will do anything to make a sale. That includes cheating, stealing and lying. Nothing is beneath them in their quest to con someone out of their money.
Many of these timeshare scams are made when you’re more vulnerable, while already on vacation.
While waiting for your pizza, you fill out one of these forms.
Don’t put yourself in harms way, either money wise or physically by going to one of these presentations or meetings.
Always have the information sent to you.
One of my friends, has a friend that recently bought a timeshare, a legitimate time share.
Before this happened she had tried out a timeshare for a week (supposedly free) and found out when she returned home that she had a charge on her credit card for $43,000 dollars. Big Oops!
The contract was from a foreign country and in a language that was hard for her to understand and after having a few drinks was willing to sign anything.
This is not an uncommon scam and is one that happens more often than you may think. Be aware so it doesn’t happen to you.
To learn more see rental scams to find out how this scam can affect you.
This particular scam is gaining speed and is used quite widely now.
Wow! You would have to be hard pressed to find discounts and freebies these days, especially in this economy.
You have to be affiliated with a travel agency or be registered as an independent seller of travel with either Airlines Reporting Corporation or the Cruise Lines International Association to sell travel.
These are a sample of some of the top travel scams happening now, but there are many more to be aware of.
Becoming more informed on the many different types of identity theft is extremely important in protecting yourself from this horrible crime.
If you feel you have become a victim of a travel scam, notify the National Fraud Information Center’s hotline at (800) 876-7060, or ASTA’s consumer affairs office. It also wouldn’t hurt to go to your local law enforcement agency to see what they might be able to do for you.