Travel Scams Are At
The Top Of The List!

Travel scams are everywhere and happen to anyone at anytime. Have a healthy mind set when you travel.

Identity theft scams even reach a tropical paradise.

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 National Fraud Information Center stated travel scams rate number two in the amount of complaints received.

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.

  • Many scams are worked in tandem with a group of scam artists whose sole goal is steal your possessions and your identity.

There are so many types of travel scams to be aware of, such as;

  • Passport Scams
  • Taxi Scams
  • Money-changing Scams


Other Travel Scams To Be Aware Of

Smash and Grab

This type of scam happens everywhere, even your own city, but is especially prevalent when you are traveling on vacation.

  • The criminal will wait until you’re stopped at a stop signal, run up to your car, smash your window, and grab your purse, wallet and backpack, then hightail it out of sight.
  • Your passport, identification and any other personal information you carry is Gone!

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!


Fraudulent Pricing

If you see airline advertisements that seem way too good to be true, be aware, they more than likely are.

  • Make sure you read the small print. This is where the ‘real story’ is.

Don’t be too quick to whip out your credit card or hit that buy button.

  • Many of these travel scams base their advertisement on a one way fare based on round trip purchases.

Guess what? This doubles your cost. This is what I call very creative pricing.

  • There are bogus “two-for-one” offers, and frequent flyer redemption to unavailable seats, just to name a few.

Go to credit card scam to see the ways this scam affects everyone.

Protect yourself, don't be at the mercy of criminals.


Timeshares

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.

Vacation paradise makes us ripe for travel scams.

Many of these timeshare scams are made when you’re more vulnerable, while already on vacation.

  • A great deal of these scams happens in the form of contest entry forms.

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.


Becoming A Travel Agent?

This particular scam is gaining speed and is used quite widely now.

  • You pay a company for the privilege of receiving a “credential” that will allow you access to freebies, commissions on selling travel and discounts of a travel agent.

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.

  • Go online and check to see if the company you are planning to deal with has a good reputation.
  • Are they members of the professional organizations such as; Association of Retail Travel Agents, American Society of Travel Agents or the Cruise Lines International Association?
  • I always check out companies I am going to deal with through the local Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org.
  • I want to make sure the company is legitimate and to see if it has any complaints and what areas the complaints are in.

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.




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