The Vacation Scam
This scam comes in many forms, but like most, they can be avoided by using common sense and being careful.
These scams usually appear in your inbox around the time of various holidays, where people will want to stress off from work, and a nice vacation seems especially appealing.
Usually, you would receive an email with an offer for some exotic, and most likely, hard to get destination that usually costs a small farm. On top of this, the offer will only be available in a short period of time, so you will have to act fast.
The regular scammer will just take your money, as soon as you pay him, and you will never see him, or your money again, and you won’t be travelling anywhere.
Other travel scams are more refined, and often within, although extremely close to, the boundaries of what is actually legal. In these cases there is an actual trip you can buy, but the price you have been presented with is only
the initial payment for the ticket itself. After you pay it, additional costs pile up, in the form of various taxes, insurances, and other fees that you never knew existed. Before you know it, the costs have grew to a small fortune.
My advice to you, is to examine the offer very closely for additional costs, and if in any doubt, contact the agency for additional information, and make sure to get it writing.
I would personally only use the well known agencies that I know I can trust.
As always, I will advice you to use your common sense, and remember; if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. There really are people out there, who will stop at nothing to get your money.
Thank you for reading and stay safe out there.