We are all tired of winter and want to go to some place warm for a week or more. Before you pay any money for your get-away, make sure you aren’t being scammed.
Check out some of the top signs of a possible travel scam by Mark Kahler at budgettravel.about.com/od/planningtoolsstrategies/tp/ten_scam.htm.
- Advance payment is required without written contract. Make sure you have a contract that states the product(s) you are paying for.
- Transactions by courier service rather than the post office. To avoid mail fraud statutes, some con artists will stay away from the post office.
- Transaction can only be carried out by telephone. Hard to get a contract this way. Ask them why they are using just the telephone. You’ll probably get an evasive answer.
- Offer is for a limited time only. True, you can get airline tickets for a limited time only. But, if they are saying pay now for a trip 60 days out, be suspicious. Sixty days is the time limit for disputing credit card charges at many banks.
- A price far below market value. Why are you getting such a great deal on a trip they won’t make any money on? Won’t happen. Are there other charges they will add on? Will you be a target for a high-pressure sales pitch?
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