The arrival of summer usually means vacation time for many people. Unfortunately, as the weather heats up, so too do travel-related and vacation-related scams. Better Business Bureau of North Alabama warns consumers, when making vacation plans to be cautious and ask questions up-front to help avoid unpleasant and costly surprises after-the-fact.
It's safest to book your own travel or use the services of a local, known travel agency. Be cautious about telemarketers who reach out to you by phone, email or mail.
When paying, use a credit card to make your purchase. If you don’t get what you paid for, you may be able to dispute the charges with your credit card company. However, don’t give out your credit card account number over the phone in response to a telemarketer who claims they need your card number for identification or verification. Your account number should be provided only to companies that you know are reputable, and used only to bill you for goods and services.
Before you travel, verify all accomodations and make sure you've been provided all details in writing.
When you are away, avoid temptation to post pictures of your beautiful surroundings because this alerts others that you are away from home, making you more susceptible for a break-in.
Also, the BBB shares that Publishers Clearinghouse is about to award prizes and scam artists will be on the take.
Publishers Clearinghouse will not call you if you have won more than $10k. They simply arrive at your home to award the money. Scam artists will call and ask for funds up front, usually loaded on a green dot moneypak.
As always, call the BBB if you have any questions or concerns at (256) 850-0719.