Travel is fun and is usually supposed to be relaxing or exciting, but becoming the victim of a scam while on vacation is particularly common. Travelers are often in foreign environments and unfamiliar circumstances, and it's easy to be taken in by any number of travel-based scams. One type of travel scam involves the promise of a free vacation, but when the travel is actually booked, there is actually a huge fee charged for the hotel. Other travel scams involve defrauding only after a person has arrived at their destination.
For example, one scam involves the scammer calling the victim at his hotel room and pretending to be the front desk. The scammer asks the victim to "verify" their credit card information because of a billing issue, and the victim is defrauded either through identity theft or monetary theft. What is difficult about this type of theft is that it often leaves someone without funds with which to travel for the rest of their vacation, and a foreign-based scam might make it difficult to get the money back. If you've been the victim of travel scams, visit ScamGuard.com to share your experience and to find out more about this type of scam.