Make it a scam-free vacation

The summer is here! Right now you are probably planning your dream vacation. But before you begin the journy check these steps to protect yourself during your holiday:

  • Do some research and then carefully read the details on travel offers.
  • Look up travel companies, hotels, rentals and agents with the words “scam,” “review,” or “complaint” to make sure you will be safe.
  • Look for extra costs and resort fees.
  • Ask about taxes, which may be significant in many locations.
  • Get a copy of the cancellation and refund policies before you pay.
  • If you’re buying travel insurance, be sure the agency is credible.
  • Bring copies of any confirmation details that show the rate and amenities you were promised. This also helps if the hotel or host says your reservation is “lost.”
  • Don’t pay for “prize” vacations. No legitimate company will ask you to pay for a prize.
  • Don’t sign anything until you know the terms of the deal. Say “no thanks” to anyone who tries to rush you, without giving you time to consider the offer.
  • Use a credit card, if possible, for your travel spending. This gives you more protection than paying by cash or debit card
  • Protect your identity and account information while you’re traveling.


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