• Staying mindful of travel scams this season

    2014-03-19

    Flowers aren't the only living creatures to come out of hiding during warmer weather - travelers like to go out an explore the world as well. Unfortunately, since the number of travelers typically rises during this time, as does the amount of burglars roaming the streets. While pickpockets are a constant cause for concern, some scams are more prevalent during this time of the year. To prevent unwanted loss of cash, time and willpower, travelers should arm themselves with knowledge before jet​-setting. Consider the following travel tips for dealing with common tricks:

    You've won!
    Some thieves will call unsuspecting individuals to creatively attain their confidential information. Posing as a travel agency, the person will tell the caller that he or she has won a contest that will send them on an all-expenses paid trip to a tropical location, but they require a credit card and social security number to process the paperwork. The Better Business Bureau recently published a statement in which it explained that this type of scam is especially prevalent during this time of the year, as vacationers are gearing up for their summer plans. The organization recommends that people never hand out financial information over the telephone, especially since verified agencies do not approach giveaways in this manner.

    Invest in this timeshare!
    Timeshare scams are not new, however, local Texas news agency WLTX reported that scammers have become more vigilant over the past few years. According to the source, people will attempt to resell timeshares to victims, telling callers that for just a small fee, they can own a piece of beachfront property. These thieves may go as far as to set up meetings with potential buyers, posing as real estate agents. The source recommends that individuals who are wary of timeshare sellers should contact the company directly to discern whether the property is for sale or not. Then, they should consult with a verified agent of the company and request receipts for their transactions.

    I am so sorry!
    Travel + Leisure recently highlighted the Hot Dog Trick, a scam that frequently targets individuals traveling by airport. A person holding what appears to be a hot dog will stand near an unsuspecting traveler. Facing the victim, the scammer will then squirt them with mustard, apologizing for their negligence and attempting to help clean up the mess. In the confusion, an accomplice grabs the target's carry-on items while the distracter leaves to find cleaning materials. The source recommends never allowing personal belongings to leave one's eyesight, no matter the situation occurring in his or her surroundings.

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