Now is prime time for bad people because it is summer, when many families take vacations.
Yep, it’s the time for summer travel scams.
“More people are traveling, and whenever people are vulnerable, fraudsters will generally attack,” according to the Better Business Bureau.
So we decided to get smart before scammers strike.
We turned to the experts in luxury travel, Grand Travel Worldwide, and its prevention team to share the most common scams and ways to prevent them:
Summer travel scams – plus fighting tips!
1. Fake merchandise
One of the most common scams in the world is one where a scammer tricks a tourist into believing that they are getting a great deal on an expensive object, such as jewelry or leather jackets, when really the item is a worthless fake. The easiest way to avoid this is to stay away from deals that are obviously too good to be true.
These come in a variety of forms, but always involve two scammers. One of the scammers will distract a tourist, and do their best to try and get the tourist to let go of their belongings, so that a second scammer can run by and pick up the belongings, or pick the tourist’s pocket. This scam can also be avoided if the traveler is careful and keeps a close eye on their belongings at all times.
3. Grab and go
Another common scam involves scammers willingly being given the travelers valuable items. This is most commonly when a scammer asks to borrow the phone of a tourist or when a tourists gives a camera to a local to take pictures. After this happens, the scammer will simply run away with the object, and never be seen again. It is very important that travelers do not willingly give their belongings away to strangers. If they do, they could become the next scam victim.