It’s no secret that ‘online’ is a scary place at times. Even worse, when you’re looking to take a vacation the internet is crawling with people who can be out to get you, and if you’re not careful they might just get what they want. That being said, we wanted to give you a list of things to look out for and the best advice on how to avoid trickery from those scammers and enjoy the best vacation possible!
- Online Flight Purchases
This is by far one of the simplest ways to be scammed, so look out! When a flight price seems too good to be true, that might just be the case. Double check to make sure the medium in which you’re using to purchase your flight is legitimate.
- Cab drivers and or transportation companies
Sometimes when you’re in a hurry you’ll take a ride from almost anyone, but it’s better to be late than to get yourself in a bind which you can’t get out of. Sometimes drivers just take the long route to overcharge you but others are completely illegitimate scammers.
Best way to avoid them: Again, double check to make sure the company with which you’re traveling is legit! Don’t get in the car with just anyone!
- Third party booking
If you choose to book a flight through a third party, make sure that the company you use to book is a reputable! Whether it be a rental car, hotel or flight there’s definitely lots of third parties that can help you get the best price on what you’re looking for but to ensure that the website isn’t just trying to scam you use Norton Safe Web for free to check the website’s legitimacy.
- Credit over debit
Just in case something does go array, using credit rather than debit will ensure that you the scammer won’t have direct access to your account. That being said, most credit card companies will catch the fraudulences through their fraud protection.
- Confirm! Confirm! Confirm!
There’s no harm in contacting the company to confirm dates and times directly after booking. It’s the best way to avoid being scammed because they’ll be able to tell you immediately if there’s no record of reservation. In which case, you’ll be able to take the appropriate steps to resolving the issue as soon as possible.
By: Cayley Brandon