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Avoiding travel scams
Tips to avoid becoming the victim of a travel scam
- Don't give your credit card number to any person or business unless you expect to be charged for a product or service.
- Be wary of ads that have few details and promise a lot for little money.
- Be cautious of firms that ask you to pay before confirming reservations. Most reputable travel agents will confirm before payment.
- Deal with an established firm. If a firm is unfamiliar to you, check with relatives, friends or the Better Business Bureau.
- If you are unfamiliar with the firm, request written information on total cost of the vacation and all items included. Any transportation, lodging, meals or other items not specifically mentioned may not be included.
- Ask about your right to cancel. If you get ill or change plans you could end up paying for a trip you never take. Also inquire about the availability of cancellation insurance.
- Be wary of vacation offers that are "good today only."
- Remember, the better a vacation package sounds the more thoroughly you need to verify the package's details.