September 12, 2008, Newsletter Issue #155: Travel Auction Scams

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As with any auction, there is a risk of being defrauded when you participate in a travel auction. Falling for a travel auction scam can be especially disappointing, because quite a bit of money and a tantalizing vacation are often at stake. Most scams can be avoiding by taking simple precautions to research potential sellers and the deal that they offer. As with any online auction, make sure that you examine the seller, their auctions, and their selling history very carefully. Look closely at the wording of the travel package that they are offering: is airfare included? What about ground transportation? Meals? Are there hidden costs for lodging, duties, or visa fees? You should also examine the packages that they are selling. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

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