How To Not Get Scammed While On Vacation

5:53 AM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Traveling to an exotic destination sounds like the perfect way for you to de-stress and unwind this summer.
But, getting scammed while away is probably not on your agenda.
Travel scams are picking up. So it's important to stay aware of your surroundings -- while you are away.

The Better Business Bureau has issued some warnings and travel tips that can help you avoid any unnecessary headaches, while on your relaxing getaway.


  1. If you use the hotel's internet connection -- be wary of where you click. The FBI has recently issued a warning to consumers about scam artists using these connections to gain access to your personal information through pop-up windows. Avoid clicking on any suspicious windows and perform software updates on your laptop immediately before traveling.
  2. Avoid wiring money. Scam artists have posed as distressed relatives in need of money to help them get out of trouble. The scam can come as an email or as a phone call. Be cautious, and remember to always contact family member directly to verify the story, before taking action.
  3. Be mindful of your status updates. Posts and tags on social media sites can alert criminals to your exact location, putting your home at risk. Don't post about your travels until you get home. 


Just a couple simple steps to keep that vacation scam-free.

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