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Beware of Scams Featuring Hot Deals on Travel Packages

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It's that time of the year when sun and sand sounds pretty alluring. But how do you know if a hot deal on vacation package is the real deal?

Imagine finding a travel package deal to Florida for $300 or one to the Bahamas for $500 only to find out it was just a scam.

"There were many instances where victims found out just one or two days before that there were no travel packages, and they were deeply disappointed," said Brian Haraway, U.S. Postal Inspector.

What sounded "too good to be true" was "too good to be true."

"There was another instance where families had planned a family reunion and they found out there was no packages and it affected the entire family," said Haraway.

In this case, more than 24,000 bogus travel packages were sold nationwide.

"The business was under surveillance," said Haraway. "A search was conducted at the business location and we were able to follow the scam and found out who was victimized."

Before you book, inspectors recommend you check out a travel company with the Federal Trade Commission and Better Business Bureau.

Also, call the hotel and airline direct and confirm reservations on your own.

The Better Business Bureau recommends paying with a credit card. It gives you better protection, because you can file a dispute if there's a problem.

For more advice on travel plans and consumer safety, click here: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0046-travel-tips

 

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