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Become a Travel Agent

How does the scam work:

If you're looking at how to become a travel agent, watch out for the latest trap: the Travel Agent Certification Online or Travel Agent Course scam. Let's take a look.

You enjoy traveling and one day come across an offer: “Become a travel agent and use your 50-70% discount all over the world for flights, hotels, pubs and restaurants.”

Since you already do a lot of traveling at your own expense, and would love to be able to do more, this is a powerful offer. You see credible testimonials and decide to join the club, since it only takes 20 minutes to take a so-called test and $200 to register. That doesn’t bother you, since you’ve already done the math and worked out you will save at least $200 in your first trip.

So what’s the catch? Here it is:

The scam has two variations.

Scenario 1. You receive a travel-agent card through the mail. The bad news comes when you try to use the card at your first destination or anywhere else, only to find it's not valid and only really useful as a very expensive bookmark.

Scenario 2. You pay $200 for the registration and…and …AND??? That’s it, you can go on expecting the promised benefits forever. You will never be able to reach the company to try get your money back.

How to avoid:

If you really want to become a travel agent, then maybe start applying for a job at a travel agency. On the other hand, there are legitimate options to get a travel agent certification online or to find a good travel agent course, but you have to do your homework. Research, look for forums on this topic, and take in consideration only testimonials from people you know, not fake characters on the Internet.

How to report:

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