5 Online Travel Scams & How To Avoid Them [Infographic]
The way in which we buy or book things is constantly changing and evolving. In the past the only way to get the things we needed was to head to the local high street and even then, there was no guarantee everything you wanted would be available.
Things are now very different. Smartphone and tablet tech combined with data roaming and wifi mean that we can order or book just about anything with the simplicity of just a couple of taps of our touch screens.
Despite the obvious benefits of buying almost everything online, there is one problem which continues to circulate.
Scams are nothing new, for as long has there has been people and money, someone has been trying to unlawfully take money from someone else who is entirely unsuspecting of it.
Now, scammers are simply following the money, with deceitful sites existing in many corners of the internet.
We’ve all received the odd email from someone claiming to be a Nigerian prince in trouble or a strange message from what appears to be a friends hacked Facebook profile, it’s simply something we all get used to ignoring.
Take a look at this post on Money Crashers which sums lists some of the most common, there’s almost certainly a few you’ll have come across yourself like the two mentioned above.
Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the cost of the average (at least in the short term) will certainly rise, as you can see in this article from the Independent.
With holidays already set to cost more than they did previously, the last thing you need is to lose even more money thanks to a scam targeting holidaymakers.
Unfortunately, as the travel industry has moved away from the traditional high street to the much better, time-saving world of online booking, a new set of scams have reared their ugly heads, leaving unsuspecting people out of pocket every year.
According to this article from the Daily Mail, a staggering £12 million alone was wrongfully taken from British tourists being caught out when booking their holidays in 2015.
The above figures show that travel scams are no laughing matter, so, what should we be looking out for and how do we avoid being stung?
There is now a very digestible infographic offering up all of the relevant information on this. ‘5 Online Travel Scams & How To Avoid Them ‘is from citybaseapartments.com and you can take a look at it below.
This infographic covers a number of important angles, from the well-documented timeshare scams to the lesser known social media and airline refund scams.
As well as outlining what they are, it provides a tip on how to avoid each. This is helpful because being able to point out a scam might not stop it from catching you and your bank account off guard.
Take time to check up on these scams before booking your next trip away, because you never know just how much it could save you.