Travel Scams

Fall 2000 CSANews Issue 36  |  Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.Back to list

Services that require payment "up front" have, unfortunately, become a haven for unscrupulous individuals. The travel industry is one that seems to be attracting a fair number of con artists. As with all business transactions, using common sense and trusting your 'gut feeling' may save your cash and peace of mind.

If you're approached over the telephone, be very wary if:
  • You're asked to make an immediate decision.
  • A credit card number is needed over the telephone.
  • The sales representative cannot identify on which airline you'll be flying. Using the term "major airline" isn't enough information.
  • The sales representative balks at giving you a street address for the company. A post office box number will get you nowhere.
  • You have to delay your trip two months or more. In most cases, 60 days is the deadline for disputing a credit card charge.
  • You have to buy something to get your "free" trip. Do you have to pay for your hotel accommodation? Do you have to pay for airfare?
The best advice is to get everything in writing, before making any commitment. A legitimate travel company will be happy to provide you with brochures. Ask as many questions as you'd like. If your representative doesn't want to take the time to speak with you, take your money elsewhere.