Travel agents warm vacationers of a rash of new scams that can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Vacations are supposed to be fun, but thanks to a host of new scams, a dream vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Travel agent Kathy Sudeikis with Acendas Travel said some scams start from moment the plane lands with the scammers inside the airport. Sudeikis warns of scammers in Mexican airports.
"Especially in Mexico, do not talk to anyone from the time you get off the plane to the time you can see air over your head," Sudeikis said.
Then there is Wi-Fi. Even at a domestic airport, hotel or coffee shop, Sudeikis says to be extra cautious because scammers can create duplicate networks called "evil twins."
"There are so-called 'window tappers.' When you get out of the car for them to show you a flat tire that doesn't exist, they take off with your car and luggage," she said.
In addition to "evil twin" Wi-Fi and "window tappers," there are phony concierge calls asking to confirm credit-card numbers.
Plus, there is the age-old cab and tour guide ripoffs, like the one Sudeikis warns of in Jamaica.
"The taxi driver goes off and then goes up over a hill and all of a sudden there are banditos wanting your jewelry and everything. And it's the taxi driver's cousin. The whole thing is a set up," Sudeikis said.
Sudeikis also says to not give credit-card information over the phone. Book any tours through the hotel or travel agent and negotiate cab fares in advance.
"If it sounds too good to be true, it really is," she said.
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