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Avoiding Travel Fraud

It's common, especially during high travel seasons, to receive mailings or telemarketing solicitations promising free vacations or incredible savings. While some offers may prove legitimate, many are lined with hidden charges or fees. It is important to research any offer that sounds to good to be true:

  • Read the fine print.
  • Check references and affiliated companies.
  • Don't give credit card information to any company you do not know or trust.
  • Don't send money by overnight mail.
  • Get all information in writing before you buy.

While these simple tactics will help prevent most fraud, they are not a guarantee. For more information, explore the following sites:

  • The Federal Trade Commission
    The FTC offers a set of recommendations for dealing with telemarketing travel fraud. The site includes numbers to call if you suspect you have been swindled.

  • The Better Business Bureau
    Travel fraud tips from the BBB. Among the advice: deal with members of a professional organization like the American Society of Travel Agents or the National Tour Association.




  • American Society of Travel Agents
    Use this site as a cross reference for sketchy travel offers. Search for members in your area by zip code and check out the Travel Information and Resources page for lots of tips.

  • National Fraud Information Center
    Search this page for online travel fraud tips. The site offers special advice regarding online travel fraud.

  • About.com Network
    This list of travel fraud links includes a report from ABC News and a special section on telemarketing travel fraud.
   --- A. Leonard

 
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