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Travel Fraud is on the Rise
The amount of money lost to travel cheats increased by 425% percent so it is more important than ever to carefully check to make sure you are dealing with legitimate entities when booking your travel. Though most fraud is related to the sale of airline tickets, there has also been an increase in the number of owner accounts being hacked into on popular home-sharing websites.
Most Common Types of Travel Fraud
Fraudsters conned vacationers by setting up fake websites, hacking into legitimate accounts, and posting fake advertisements on websites and in social media. It is highly recommended that travelers work only with reputable websites and that prior to payment check the Better Business Bureau, Google the name of the company you are dealing with and if possible check with others that have used this service in the past.
Airline tickets. Customers believed they were booking flights on legitimate websites and received fake tickets or they paid for a ticket that never arrived. Book directly with the airlines to ensure authenticity and to help with re-booking in case of bad weather or mechanical difficulties. Since outside agencies no longer get a commission from the airlines there is no reason not to book this portion of your travel directly.
Sports and religious trips. Be particularly wary of booking sporting events in foreign countries as the tickets to the events are often fake and the reservations often paid for in advance can be with bogus hotels and other accommodation.
Timeshares and holiday clubs. This area of fraud is particularly expensive for victims and it is often difficult to verify the veracity or legitimacy of the offering entity.
According to the World Health Organization... The latest Murder Statistics for the world's top destinations:
Murders per 100,000 citizens