Travel Expert Reveals 6 Signs You’re on the Verge of a Travel Scam Disaster

Planning a vacation is an exciting time, but a dark side of scams preys on unsuspecting adventurers. Before leaving for a vacation, scammers are ready to take your money by offering unreal deals. 

To help those planning travel, we contacted Byrd Bergeron, the CEO of The Travel Byrds, who reveals six red flags that could mean you’re falling for a travel scam. 

1. Last-Minute Getaway Deals

If your dream getaway is just around the corner and the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Bergeron warns, “Travelling within two weeks or less? That’s a neon sign flashing ‘scam’ at you. Legitimate deals rarely pop up for last-minute trips and it is best to remain cautious of those tempting offers.”

2. Cheap Airline Tickets

Bergeron sheds light on the notorious “Airline Ticket” scam. “Beware of unbelievably cheap flights as they often come with strings attached.” Scammers use fake websites and reviews to sell non-refundable tickets with numerous restrictions. Before taking off, double-check the legitimacy of the airfare.

3. Risky Rentals

With the rise of vacation rentals, scams have followed suit. Airbnb alone removed 59,000 fraudulent listings in 2023. Be cautious of hosts listing the same property at different prices to double-book and maximise profit. Book directly through a property owner’s website to dodge this common scam.

4. Requesting Photos of Documents 

“Your personal information is your treasure and you should guard it fiercely,” says Bergeron. If someone online asks for your credit card or licence photos, hit the brakes immediately. Scammers often use this info for identity theft or unauthorised transactions.

5. Confidential Information Requests 

Bergeron emphasises, “Legitimate businesses won’t pester you for personal information upfront.” If you find yourself bombarded with requests for sensitive details, consider it a red flag. Protect your privacy and leave any deal that demands too much too soon.

6. Fee Frenzy

Scammers love to play the free game. Bergeron reveals, “They charge hefty amounts for transaction execution or minor changes, leaving you frustrated and empty-handed.” Avoid being a victim of the runaround and steer clear of deals that demand exorbitant fees for simple services.

What To Do When Travel Plans Go Awry

If you ever run into a travel scam, don’t hesitate and report it to the authorities and your agency. Keep a record, cease communication with the scammer, safeguard personal information, and trust your instincts. It’s your best defence against the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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