BBB Issues Warnings About Travel Scams Ahead Of Summer Season


Wednesday, June 9th 2021, 5:00 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine


Summer is finally here and vacationers can finally take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions.

However, travelers need to be beware of scammers.

The Better Business Bureau said nearly every country, state, and city have different pandemic guidelines.

It’s crucial vacationers read the fine print before booking their travel.

Alison Abbott with the BBB said deals that seem too good to be true, often are.

She recommends to not wire money.

“People that you are visiting with aren't asking for a prepaid gift-card or wire money. That's typically a tell-tale sign of a rental scam," she said.

Abbott said it is best to use a licensing or travel agency when booking a destination spot.

“Make sure you sure you find them on Google Maps. If you can't find them on Google Maps, that may be a tell-tale sign that they do not exist in the physical world," she said.

Check those travel locations’ reviews, social media pages, and friend recommendations.

“If you want to sign up or renew your TSA pre-check, make sure you are going to the government site for the site,” Abbott said.

You can also search your travel spots through the BBB's new search tool.

"'This is Why We are Here' campaign. so people can stay safe and find reputable, trusted, accredited BBB businesses when they travel,” Abbott said.

You can use the following BBB link to make sure travel accommodations.

  1. hotels / lodging
  2. Travel agents
  3. Pet Boarding

If you think you've been scammed, it's best to call your bank first. You can also find a checklist here.

If you’d like to get involved in networking event through the BBB, you can find them here