BBB: Beware of spring break travel scams

Posted at 9:58 AM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 11:58:00-04
As you prepare for spring break vacation be careful of scammers trying to take advantage of travelers.
The Better Business Bureau says scammers tend to target students and others looking for a great travel deal online for a low price this time of year.
"Watch out for phone calls or letters claiming you won a trip, or websites offering extremely low prices. The vast majority of these offers leave hopeful travelers in limbo, and out money," said the BBB's Dale Dixon.
Dixon also recommends before making a final payment, get the details of the trip in writing. Total cost, restrictions, cancelation penalties, and names of the airlines and hotels, are all pieces of information you need. Be sure to pay with a credit card as well. A credit card will give you more protection if something goes wrong with the reservation.
Once you are on your vacation, keep some tech safety tips in mind.
"Be cautious of free WiFi connections. Many hotels, airports and other public spaces offer free WiFi, but unfortunately more and more scammers are trying to steal personal information by creating unsecured networks that people can connect to for free," Dixon said.
Be careful with social media posts. Dixon says to save the social media posts for after your return.
"Don’t advertise to potential thieves when you will be away from your home, and have a trusted family member or neighbor keep an eye on your home while you’re enjoying your trip," Dixon said.
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