INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Indiana Attorney General’s office is warning you about vacation-related scams.
“When planning your vacation this summer, remember anyone can be the target of a scam,” Attorney General Todd Rokita said. “Often, when a deal seems too good to be true, it is. Be on the lookout for heavily discounted amusement park tickets, condos, and hotel rentals.”
Rokita offered the following tips to avoid common vacation scams:
- Avoid high-pressure sales pitches before you book a trip.
- Be extra cautious when booking through an unfamiliar company. Check the Better Business Bureau ratings and research the name online to see if there are any allegations of scams.
- Read the fine print in the contract before you sign it. It will tell you about the conditions under which the operator can change or cancel the trip and the rules and penalties for cancellation.
- Pay by credit card. It gives you more protection than cash or checks.
- Use good judgment when sharing about your trip on social media. Consider changing your online privacy settings while on your trip.
- Lock your valuables, including personal information, in your trunk or hotel safe.
If you believe you have been the victim of a vacation scam, file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s office at www.indianaconsumer.com