AARP warns about travel scams

Published 8:00 am Saturday, March 16, 2024

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It’s that time of year again – the holidays are long past, and summer is still a long way off. It’s time for a spring getaway. But beware, AARP officials warn, for everyone looking for a great spring break deal there is a criminal out there offering an amazing deal. These three tips will help you spot a potential travel scam. 

First, be wary of any deal where the price tag is dramatically lower than what else is available at your destination. Next, verify the legitimacy of online travel sites by looking closely at the web address – scammers often “spoof” legitimate hotels and third-party booking sites. Finally, don’t trust anyone who requests a wire transfer, cryptocurrency or gift card to pay for your getaway – these are the payment forms preferred by today’s fraud criminals.