Traveling during the holidays is one of the most exciting times of the year. Visiting with friends and family, enjoying holiday activities and food, getting away from home and exchanging presents are at the top of the to-do list. While this is one of the most giving times of the year, it is also important to remember that with such a high volume of travelers, unfortunately, the number travel scams that occur does in fact increase. We wanted to provide you with some of the most common travel scams and ways to avoid them so you won’t have any disruptions during your perfect holiday season!
Con Artist Cab Drivers
Scam artists often pretend to be taxi drivers and either charge you the wrong amount, take off with your belongings or even rob you in a deserted area. Make sure to never take a taxi ride from a driver without an official metered taxi cab car. Look for the company’s name and the cab drivers identification number before you even enter the vehicle. It can save you your money, your personal belongings, and even your safety.
Social Media Scams
Considering so many people rely on social media to stay in contact with friends and family when they are away, it is important to remember that this can be used against you by scam artists. Never put any personal information on your social media accounts explaining your vacation plans, when you will be leaving, or how long you will be gone for. This can give people an insight to when they can break into your home while you are away. Only tell your travel plan to those who are closest to you.
Fake Hotel Calls
Another common travel scam is receiving a fake phone call from the hotel which you have booked your stay with, claiming that you need to verify your credit card information. Never supply this information over the phone or through e-mail and explain that you will only provide it in person when you arrive. By doing this, you take away the opportunity of your identity and credit card number being stolen.
Always be very aware when you are making a transaction at an ATM machine or at a gas station. If anything looks suspicious such as a close by camera, an odd card reader, or a fake keypad, do not use it. People can often set up fake card readers to obtain your information and use it for purchases later on.
The amount of e-mails we receive daily is often extremely overwhelming. So many e-mails are claiming to provide you with the best travel deals including discounts on flights, hotels, and cruises. This is one of the biggest ways hackers attempt to install viruses on your computer and steal your information from previous online history. Do not open anything that looks suspicious and as usual, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is! Be sure to do your research.
You can help protect your trip with a travel protection plan. Learn more about our coverage at www.travelinsured.com. Stay safe and enjoy your holiday season!