Wednesday, May 20, 2015

West Virginia Attorney General Warns of Vacation Scams

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging residents to be on the lookout for potential scams when making vacation plans for the summer.

As the summer travel season begins across the nation, so do the travel related scams.
Each year, thousands across the country report being fooled by the too-good-to-be-true deals that promise, but don't deliver.

Attorney General Morrisey warns, "Vacation scams can range from free travel offers to too-good-to-be-true prices for lodging. We urge consumers to do extensive research so their vacation can be spent creating happy memories, not trying to fix bad experiences."

While not all travel scams are easy to catch, Attorney General Morrisey offers some tips to help consumers identify scams:

·                     Do not give credit card numbers to any person or business unless you are ready to be charged for a product or service. Be wary of any company that asks to be paid via money order or pre-paid debit card.

·                     Carefully read the fine print of any ad that offers a tremendous vacation for a minimal price. Similarly, be wary of ads that only provide a few details about the offer.

·                     Be cautious of firms that ask you to pay before confirming reservations. Most travel agents will confirm before payment.

·                     Deal with an established company. If the name or reputation is not familiar to you, check with relatives, friends, or contact your local Better Business Bureau by clicking the link or by calling 1-866-228-1820.

Morrisey also adds travelers shouldn't underestimate the power of reviews from family members and friends, as well as reputable travel websites. He also reminded travelers that paying with a credit card provides consumers with certain protections that enable them to dispute certain charges for services not provided.