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May 2024

Avoid Travel Scams and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is a time for relaxation, exploration, and making memories. However, amidst the excitement of planning your trip, it’s essential to be mindful of potential travel scams that could turn your dream vacation into a nightmare.

Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical paradise or embarking on a cross-country road trip, here are some tips to help you steer clear of travel scams and ensure a smooth and enjoyable vacation:

  1. Avoid Too-Good-To-Be-True Deals
    If you find enticing travel offers through phone calls, emails or online ads, a deal that’s way too under the value of a trip, that’s most likely a scam. Be cautious of free or rock-bottom deals, especially if they require payment upfront or involve unfamiliar third-party vendors.
  2. Book through Reputable Sources
    When booking flights, accommodations, and activities, stick to reputable websites and companies with a proven track record. Fraudsters can create fake websites that show heavily discounted deals for anything like airline tickets, rental cars and even lodging.
  3. Protect Your Finances
    Skimming devices and card fraud are common tactics used by criminals to steal financial information from unsuspecting travelers. Opt for ATMs located within banks or trusted establishments, and monitor your accounts regularly for any unauthorized transactions.
  4. Research Your Destination
    Before booking anything, thoroughly research your destination. Websites, travel forums, and guidebooks are valuable resources for gathering information and insights from fellow travelers.

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