Tips on how to avoid fraudulent vacation offers

Tips on how to avoid fraudulent vacation offers

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 6:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte is looking out for you, making sure you don't fall victim to a vacation scam. 

Travel experts say thousand of people fall prey every year.  According to the National Consumers League, there are several scams making the rounds, many involve timeshare and airfare scams. 

Darcy Grimes has some advice.

"You know that age old adage that you get what you pay for or if something seems too good to be true than it probably is, those are adages for a reason.  They're based on experience and fact," she said. 

She says beware of unsolicited emails or direct mailings offering deep discounted trips to desirable places. 

She also reccomends travelers use reputable companies.  According to Grimes, "you can go to the Better Business Bureau and look up the company that you're wanting to do business with, find out if they have a rating." 

Raquel Portilol is traveling through Charlotte from New York.  She has formula for avoiding nightmare vacation.

"Usually I look at the guest reviews.  And I try to stick to Priceline or Expedia and I check out what other people have said about the room," she said. 
 

Grimes adds that travelers should consider travel insurance and that vacationers use credit cards if they can, that way they have the opportunity to dispute charges if something goes wrong. 

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