FESTIVE SEASON TRAVEL SCAMS
It is the time of the year where everybody wants to relax, unwind and treat their families to a vacation. However, now is the perfect time for scammers to get to work on the unvigilant masses heading off to all sorts of destinations locally and abroad. Such destinations may include:
- False resorts advertised as legitimate entities, which aim to get you to pay for non-existent accommodation.
- Phishing links advertised by what appears to be travel agencies offering unbelievable deals.
Additionally, some scammers may even pose as charity organisations requesting donations in order to take underprivileged children to the coast or any other destination. Such scammers utilise social engineering and emotional blackmail, which many people fall victim to. Other festive frauds may include legitimate hotels/guest houses falsely advertising their locations as near beaches or other desirable spots. Furthermore, Airport shuttles may also rip off customers by overcharging them by approaching them at the last minute.
STEPS TO BE TAKEN
- Always validate the website you are visiting by inspecting the URL and DNS.
- Do your research on any establishment before booking travel arrangements. Always be wary of lucrative airfare deals. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
- Always be aware of what legitimate offers are available to get a good deal for your money, to avoid being swindled into paying for a rundown property.
- Avoid suspicious links from unknown entities. Chances are these links may be phishing links aiming to obtain your credit card details and identification number to commit fraud with.
- Always use google maps to verify the location of the establishments before making further arrangements, in addition to conducting thorough research.
- While it is advisable to look at ratings and feedback from previous customers, always bear in mind that scammers utilise such strategies to trick potential victims into making a transaction.
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