Tuesday, September 16, 2014
One of the most important times to protect yourself against scams is while you are traveling. Whether you are in a foreign country or just a few hours from home, it helps to be prepared. Many scammers take advantage of tourists who let their guard down while traveling, at a time when they are most vulnerable to these deceptive practices.
By educating yourself on common scam practices, you can avoid fraud and enjoy a relaxing vacation. See below to review some of the most recent travel scams:
- Protect Your Credit Cards
- Be Aware of Fake Tickets
- Say No to Phone Scams
Recently, the Better Business Bureau confirmed a new credit card related travel scam. While credit card fraud has always been an issue for travelers, in this scenario the card holders are willing giving their credit card numbers away.
A variety of resorts have stated that their guests have been contacted and informed that there was an error with their credit card on file. They are asked to provide their credit card information over the phone so that they can process their payment for the hotel stay.
In reality, this is a complete scam. These callers will typically contact you early in the morning or late at night, with hopes that you will be too tired to walk down to the front desk. Our advice is to always use your credit card in person and do not offer any personal information unless you are the one contacting the resort.
In many tourist destinations, locals will attempt to sell you fake tickets to sporting events, attractions, and group tours. Some of these groups will even go as far to rent-out an office in order to seem like a legitimate company. In order to protect yourself, contact your hotel’s concierge when purchasing these types of tickets. Even if you have to pay a bit more, at least you know that your tickets will work
In addition to cold calling from scammers, travelers should also be cautious of people who ask to use their personal cellphone. Many travelers have had their phones, most notably iPhones, stolen by a stranger. Typically, the stranger will approach you and ask to borrow your phone for an emergency call. Then they will run off with it. By the time you realize what had happened, they will be long gone.
In addition to these red flags, to avoid theft be aware of your surroundings. If you carry a bag, make sure that it is closed at all times. Also, make sure that you keep your cash and copies of your passport on you, or in your hotel safe at all times. These small acts can make a big difference when confronted with a pickpocket or scammer.
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