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Fake Travel Agency

How The Scam Works:

(with video below) This is one of the most common travel scams, especially when hot destinations are on everybody's mind --and that's happening particularly now, in November. Criminals create great looking websites for “new” travel agencies offering amazing deals. Wouldn’t you like to brag to your friends that you went to the Mayan Riviera for $350?

 

Watch How The Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see the Fake Travel Agency scam exposed:

Fake Travel Agency Exposed Video

The scammers, usually using amazing pictures stolen from the Internet to promote their destinations, create fake travel agencies for a month at a time, get hundreds of avid tourists who pay on the spot, and then close down the "business".

Websites are created in such a high quality that is really hard to differentiate a real business than a shady one. The scammers then proceed to buy a bunch of Google AdWords or Facebook ads and close deals on spot. After a month of work 'in', they collect, shuts down the website, and create a new one. And the show goes on.

 

Criminals Replicate Travel Agencies Websites

In a different variation of the scam, criminals create duplicate websites of real travel agencies. They use legitimate logos and offer amazing travel deals, luring the victims into filling out an application with their personal information, including credit card numbers which are charged right away.

 

 

How To Avoid Fake Travel Deals:

Before you book your next holiday vacation, search on-line for the name of the provider and for several reviews. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Use recommendations from your friends or visit a local travel agency.

If you choose the online option, rely only on reputable companies that have great feedback for their good deals. Also, ask top travel influencers if they have any feedback on the company you have doubts about. Most of them answer quickly and share opinions.

Feel free to share your bad experiences and submit the names of the scammers below, in the 'Comments' section.

 

How To Report Fake Travel Agencies:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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