Beware of Travel Booking Scams
A lot of people worry about scams and fraud when they travel, but Forbes is warning about a whole range of travel booking scams to worry about before you even leave the house. The article by Christopher Elliott , a consumer advocate who helps people with travel related problems, paints a scary picture of criminals who run travel booking scams to steal credit card information from people booking flights, hotels, and other travel services.
You really need to read the article, but we’ll summarize the problem. A lot of people make typos when looking for travel booking sites and scammers take advantage of this by registering sites with very similar names. They create fake websites that look just like the real thing and hope you enter your personal information and credit card number. The result is you didn’t book the flight, hotel, or whatever you thought you booked, and the scammers now have your personal information and can use your credit card. What you can do about this is be very careful and make absolutely sure you are on the authentic website and on a secure computer when booking travel. Never enter any personal information into any website unless you are certain it is the real thing. One easy way to avoid the scammers is to use a well known search engine like Google on a secure computer and do a search for the site you want instead of typing in the site name directly. That way Google will correct your spelling error and show you the correct link at the top of the page.
The article lists the most commonly scammed websites but does not provide links to the authentic sites, so we’ll do that here to try and help with this problem so you won’t become a victim of scammers.