In 2010, a woman in Florida was indicted on two felony counts for selling fake vacation packages online…the victims showed up for their vacations and the resort had no record of their stay. Their reservation had never been made.
Hopefully, the likelihood of this happening to you this summer is slim, but nevertheless concerning. It’s hard enough finding time to take a vacation, let alone a fake-ation.
Here are a few key things to look out for:
- Don’t accept vague language such as “major hotel” or “luxury”, push the travel agent or contact person for more specific details. You deserve to know where you’re staying!
- All offers, reservation details etc. should be shared with you in writing. Be sure to ask for a copy of their cancellation and refund policies as well.
- All reputable sites accept credit cards, so be wary of web sites or travel agencies that ask for a direct transfer of funds or money order.
- Do your research on the travel company, know who you’re working with.
- If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. There is no such thing as a free vacation.
- Always book on your credit card. If you do get scammed, you may be able to recoup some of the cost through your bank.
Have you been robbed of a holiday because of a scam? Ever caught a scam before the scam caught you? Tell us about it below.