Travel fraud costs Americans $12 billion each year

The Better Business Bureau reports that the travel industry consistently ranks among the top 25 businesses it monitors for fraud, writes Anita Dunham-Potter, a travel columnist for Tripso. So how can you protect yourself from scams? The bottom, and biggest, line is this: if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. We’ve all heard this before, but it appears travelers are letting their excitement get the best of them when it comes to amazing-sounding deals.

If your intuition doesn’t stop you, Dunham-Potter lays out a few rules to follow when deciding on a travel “special:”

  • Few details and lots of promises are red flags
  • Be cautious if a firm asks you to pay before confirming your reservations
  • Never pay by cash or check
  • Deal with an established firm
  • Request written information on the trip that interests you
  • Find out about your right to cancel

Read Dunham-Potter’s article and get more details here.