Travel Scams

Be careful of travel scams when booking that next vacation or that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Many people have been duped into a scheme and have had thousands of dollars stolen from them in some instances. 

Obviously, we all want to take amazing vacations. However, what gets so many people in trouble is the prospect of saving substantial sums of money by booking plane travel, lodging or other aspects of vacationing through third parties promising them. 

And this is how many people get lured into travel scams. As can many other aspects of vacationing.

 

Travel Scams: List of Common Tricks Below

Be careful when booking your next vacation. Keep your eyes open, and learn about what travel scams are out there. See below:

Camera Lens Scam

How the scam works: (with video below) You have taken a well-deserved vacation to the one place you’ve always wanted to go. It took all year to save up for not only the trip, but the new $600 lens for your camera. You know better than anyone else- those things don’t run cheap. But you … Camera Lens Scam Read More »

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Camera Lens Theft

How the scam works: (with video below) You have taken a well-deserved vacation to the one place you’ve always wanted to go. It took all year to save up for not only the trip, but the new $600 lens for your camera. You know better than anyone else- those things don’t run cheap. But you … Camera Lens Theft Read More »

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Where You Got Your Shoes

How the scam works: This might sound funny, but tons of people fall victim to this trick, usually pulled in pubs or open places. People (typically massive dudes) might approach you looking at your shoes. “These look familiar, he might say. I bet $20 that I know where you got your shoes”. Being from a different state or even country you might be confident … Where You Got Your Shoes Read More »

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Stranger’s Hug Scam

How the scam works: You and your family are having a blast on your trip. So far it has been great and now you might want to see the outside of the resort. The real city. So you decide to leave your all-inclusive hotel for a few hours. As you pass the resort's entrance a local person approaches you warmly, welcoming you … Stranger’s Hug Scam Read More »

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Take Pictures with Characters

How the scam works: If you visited major cities you might have noticed the people dressed in characters (famous singers, historical figures, movie characters, etc) in the most popular parts of the city.  We bet you saw an Elvis Presley in Los Angeles, Roman gladiators in Rome, or Transformers robots in Las Vegas. Naturally, tourists want to take pictures with these people, … Take Pictures with Characters Read More »

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Rose For Your Girlfriend Scam

How the scam works:   This scam is prevalent in most of the European capitals. Scammers target couples and go straight to the girl, putting a rose in her hand. “Hold it, Hold it”, the scammers might say with a friendly smile. As soon as the girl grabs the rose, the scammer turns to the man and asks … Rose For Your Girlfriend Scam Read More »

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Peanuts on Your Table Scam

How the scam works: You enjoy an evening out with your friends on a patio. The trip has been good, and the drinks are pouring. Amongst waitresses serving around, a young girl might stop by your table and drop off a small paper cone with ten roasted peanuts and a napkin. The she leaves. As she doesn't show up anymore, … Peanuts on Your Table Scam Read More »

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Rose For Girlfriend Scam

How the scam works: This scam is prevalent in most of the European capitals. Scammers target couples and go straight to the girl, putting a rose in her hand. "Hold it, Hold it", the scammers might say with a friendly smile. As soon as the girl grabs the rose, the scammer turns to the man and asks for … Rose For Girlfriend Scam Read More »

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Visa Assistance Scam

How the scam works: Traveling overseas can be the adventure of a lifetime. Exotic countries offer intriguing sites and a feast for the senses. However, in order to travel for example to India, the country requires you obtain a visa before your trip, unlike other countries which either require no visa or allow you to … Visa Assistance Scam Read More »

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Dynamic Currency Conversion

How the scam works: When traveling abroad, there are many potential issues that a person may need to be concerned about, but typically paying for hotels, food and shopping with plastic was not one of those things. However, the dynamic currency conversion scam proves that getting your cards stolen or losing them is not the … Dynamic Currency Conversion Read More »

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Luggage Storage Key

Luggage Storage Key Scam: How It Works Traveling always seems to require an insane amount of luggage and packages to carry. Bus and train stations and airports offer storage lockers for travelers that arrive early and don't want to have to lug everything around with them. Let' say you want to get a locker. The … Luggage Storage Key Read More »

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Booster Bag

Booster Bag alert! Watch out for false bottom purse tricks that can make you a victim in no time. Booster bags are the new thing, so beware.

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Seat Selection Charge

Seat Selection Charge Scam: How It Works With the Coronavirus making a mess also in the airline industry, the Seat Selection Charge Scam is making its rounds this month. It targets people who just bought plane tickets or need to change them due to the plethora of cancellations happening during this COVID-19 outbreak. If … Seat Selection Charge Read More »

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Hotel Room Swap

How the scam works: Many people are reducing the amount of travel they do requiring overnight stay because of the exorbitant cost of lodging. However, online travel sites have made getting a nice hotel room for a cheap motel price easier than ever. But some of these cheap rates come with an unexpected price tag; … Hotel Room Swap Read More »

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Airline Free Tickets and Vouchers

Free Airline Tickets Scam: How It Works Did anybody say free airline tickets? One of the biggest scams around when it comes to flight coupons, free plane tickets and discounts on flights is the Free Airline Tickets scam. The latest is a fake that comes in three variations: a National Travel and Tourism Association (NTTA), … Airline Free Tickets and Vouchers Read More »

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Feed the Birds

How the scam works: One of the greatest pleasures in life is traveling around the world and immersing oneself in a new culture for a few days. However, travelers need to be aware of scammers that would like nothing more than to relieve their foreign visitors of their hard-earned cash. One of the most frequently … Feed the Birds Read More »

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Old Prague Ham

Old Prague Ham Fraud: How It Works (with video featuring 10 other scams to avoid in Prague) Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. A beautiful and historic city, Prague draws over 4 million visitors per year. The city is known for its cultural and historical integrity, but it is also renowned … Old Prague Ham Read More »

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