The Better Business Bureau is tracking several reports of fake travel sites that look very legit.
The sites offer cheap flights to several popular destinations. Consumers use a credit card to make the reservation, then get a phone call asking them to verify their name, address, banking information or other personal details.
Travel warning: Impostor airline, hotel booking sites scam travelers
Once the payment is made they get a real airline confirmation code, but after a day or two the reservation is canceled and the scammers have everything they need to steal your identity or make other purchases.
Here is how you can avoid being a victim:
- Do your research. If you come across a company you've never heard of look for reviews and feedback from other customers.
- Trust your gut. If someone is pressuring you to give up personal details that is usually a red flag. If something doesn't feel right, end the call immediately.
- Pause before paying. Pay attention to the payment method you're asked to use. If a company wants a pre-paid debit card or to wire money it's likely a scam.
If you use those methods there is no way to get your money back.