Common Spring Break Scams

Posted by Osgood Bank on April 20, 2023

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Spring-BreakSpring break is a time when many students and families head off on vacation to relax, unwind, and have some fun. Unfortunately, it is also a time when scammers are on the lookout for unsuspecting victims. Here are some of the most common spring break scams and how you can protect yourself from them.

Fake Travel Websites

One of the most common spring break scams is fake travel websites. Scammers create fake websites that look like legitimate travel sites, complete with pictures of beautiful destinations and great deals. They entice people to book their travel through these sites, but once the money is sent, the scammers disappear, leaving the victim with no vacation and no way to get their money back.

To avoid falling for this scam, do your research before booking travel. Check the website's URL and make sure it matches the official website of the company you are booking with. Look for reviews of the website and the company to see if there are any red flags.Woman looking at tablet worried

Vacation Rental Scams

Another common spring break scam involves fake vacation rentals. Scammers will advertise a property that they do not own or have access to and ask for payment in advance. Once the payment is made, the scammer disappears, and the victim is left with no vacation rental.

To avoid this scam, be sure to verify the property and the owner before making any payments. Use reputable vacation rental sites and read reviews from previous renters. Never wire money to someone you do not know, and be cautious of anyone who asks for payment in advance.

Timeshare Scams

Some scammers use high-pressure sales tactics to convince people to buy timeshares that do not exist. They may claim that the timeshare is a great investment or that it is a limited-time offer. Once the money is paid, the victim never hears from the scammer again.

To avoid timeshare scams, be cautious of any high-pressure sales tactics. Do your research and make sure the company is reputable before making any payments. Also, be wary of unsolicited phone calls or emails offering timeshare opportunities.

Card SkimCard Skimming

Card skimming is a common scam that can happen any time of the year, but it is especially prevalent during spring break. Scammers place a device on an ATM, gas pump, or other kind of machine that reads the victim's debit card information. They can then use this information to make unauthorized purchases or withdrawals.

To avoid falling victim to skimming, be aware of your surroundings and the device itself. Look for any unusual devices or cameras attached to the device, and cover the keypad when entering your PIN.

In conclusion, spring break should be a time of fun and relaxation, not a time to fall victim to a scam. By being aware of these common scams and taking steps to protect yourself, you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind. Always remember to do your research, verify information, and be cautious of anything that seems too good to be true.

For more information like this, please visit our Security & ID Theft Protection page.

Topics: Fraud Prevention

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