Financial scams have become increasingly popular, especially among seniors. Seniors typically have worked hard to save money and have large sums sitting in accounts which is exactly what the scammers are after.
Below is an excerpt about cons that would ruin your travel plans.
5 Scams to Avoid as Travel Resumes
by Sari Harrar of AARP
"Patricia Frolander, 78, walked into the Rapid City, S.D., Regional Airport in April with a ticket to St. George, Utah. She was on her way to visit a dear friend — but never got there. “After a year of isolation in my small town in northeast Wyoming, I was ready to travel,” she recalls. But an airline employee broke the bad news: Her $398 ticket was for a nonexistent flight.
"I booked my trip through a travel agency website that looked legitimate,” Frolander says. The only red flag: fine print on page 5 of her ticket saying she couldn't contest the reservation once purchased. “When my granddaughter checked online, she traced the website to a travel agency with a very bad history with the Better Business Bureau,” Frolander says. Her credit card company investigated and has agreed to refund her money.
As more Americans venture out of pandemic isolation after being vaccinated and head for long-awaited vacations and reunions with family and friends, they are whetting the appetite of a class of scam artists who target travelers, says Lois Greisman, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Marketing Practices."
Read the entire article here: 5 Scams to Avoid as Travel Resumes.