Vacation Scams – How to Spot Them
Again, your mother was right. In fact, he was right twice. One, nothing in life is free, and two, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
One of the biggest and longest fraud Vacation time for the fraud, where you or a loved one has said that they have won a free vacation or a glamorous cruise getaway. If you are not completely "free", these "agents" say that you can buy that dream tour of the rock-bottom price. At this point, we, like many other law-abiding citizens to start thinking about "what could go wrong?" A lot, apparently.
Let & # 39; s just start with the obvious: if you do not get a free holiday. Granted, there are rare package, reputed travel agencies that may be free, but err on the side of caution. The most common travel and vacation scams include the following:
dubious Travel Agency Scam – You called me and told me that I get a free vacation, but you have to pay "fees" to reserve this option. And then having to pay these fees, a "travel agency" can not be found. The phone has been disconnected and there is no way you can get your money back. Another variation scam says that you & # 39; ve booked a luxury vacation travel verycheaply, but this is only a "limited time". You will be asked to pay a "booking fee" immediately (and it is usually a large amount) to secure the slot. It & # 39; and only after payment to a "travel agent" tells us that the holiday dates are not available, or after a certain period of time will tell you that the offer has "expired". Then, the "agent" is disappearing, and the money.
Plane Tickets Freeman here call me and say they've won two big ticket spots like the Bahamas. What & # 39; not saying that you need to book a room and buy a meal in the company & # 39; and sells tickets. If you stop and do the math before you accept this "free ticket" offer, it is easy to calculate that the amount of food and accommodation can easily cover the plane fare, because prices are already inflated.
"Free Vacation" – You fly all the way to Hawaii or Mexico, ready to start a vacation, but know that you booked a small, dirty hotel bad food. If you look at, say, to cancel the return ticket. So, you can either stay in the wrong hotel or pay a fee to get it horribly inflated so you can sleep in a decent hotel.
The Time Share Scam – you get a free vacation, but before you enjoy it, then sit through a timeshare presentation for sale. Sometimes, you & # 39; not told before the mandatory timeshare presentation reach your destination. Often, the food tickets and accommodation, people have been forced to sit for long lectures and end up being forced to sign false contracts. In some cases, when you try to get away with the holiday, they were subjected to intimidation and other unscrupulous tactics that sales agents.
"Be a Travel Agent" scam – Someone says that & # 39; the right to a travel agency because it saves a lot of money in the long run. As a travel agent, they say, you get a lot of discounts and freebies while & # 39; go on holiday. The catch is, you have to pay them for their "fee" will be a moment when there will be a travel agency and then you realize that you do not take advantage of discounts because the credentials are not recognized by any travel authority.
fraudulent Vacation Discount cards – pay for a holiday card they think that will make your vacation a little cheaper, but then you realize that your card so much restrictions that can not get the discounts you & # 39; authorized. Or if you get a discount, it & # 39; and only they are taken off the "special price" and it still comes down to the same price as everyone else pays.
Protect yourself by following these travel scams to gut instinct and skeptical. Do not be afraid to say no, and claim itself when these "agents" will be intrusive. Never give your credit card number by phone with the name "book" in the slot. If you get a deadline, say you should think about that; to hurry usually a sign of a scam. Before accepting the package to the end – check hotels, airlines, etc. – and make sure they are working on the promotion of the price the agent says. Tickets and packages are genuine and agencies in person, if possible, and remember information telephone calls or spam e-mails are more likely to be scams.