Travel scam more common during summer months

7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago June 03, 2016 Jun 3, 2016 Friday, June 03 2016 Friday, June 03, 2016 5:59:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
By: Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of summer travel and the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of travel fraud.

According to Sean Spence, Regional Director of the mid-Missouri BBB, travel scams decreased last year compared to previous years. However, hotel and travel scams are still a billion dollar business.

"Very often now that we have the internet, people can think they are renting something and it turns out they are renting something very different, or not renting anything at all," Spence said.

He said when looking to rent a place, make sure you do research on the lister.

"[One] thing that can happen is that the person you are renting from may not own the property at all, and you might show up ready to rent a condo or a home and find out in fact, the person that is renting it to you doesn't have any right to do that," Spence said.

The BBB also recommends to pay with a credit card when booking travel to ensure an extra level of security.

"It's generally going to be easier to get your money back if they have been scammed in some way," Spence said.

Spence also said to be aware of unusual ads in your inbox.

"Typically what happens is you'll get an e-mail advertising a really great travel deal. You'll click on a link, you'll go to the website advertising the deal, you'll think it's great and it turns out to be a scam," Spence said.

Here are some other tips the BBB suggests:

  • Try to stick with websites you have heard of before, like Expedia.
  • Stay away from third party websites like Craigslist, that is where people are most commonly scammed.
  • Look for reviews on a property you are renting from. If there are no reviews, that is a red flag.
  • Do research on the lister and see if there were past complaints.
  • Beware of companies asking for upfront payments. The number one warning sign is a request to be paid either in cash or by wire.

 

If you feel you are targeted by a scam, contact your local BBB or Attorney General.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities said officers shot and killed one man and wounded another after a police chase... More >>
29 minutes ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:55:48 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Parks and Recreation wants public input on restoration of t he MKT Trail area closed due to... More >>
1 hour ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:18:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Missouri steel-erection company's workplace safety violations caused the... More >>
1 hour ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:54:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — School administrations would be restricted from censoring student journalists under a bill discussed in a Missouri... More >>
1 hour ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:51:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate committee will consider legislation Wednesday to create a prescription drug monitoring program, which would reduce... More >>
1 hour ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:45:00 PM CST in Top Stories
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A medical examiner has ruled that the death of a Missouri woman inside a law enforcement... More >>
3 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:57:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Ameren Missouri's coal-fired power plant near St. Louis violates the... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:14:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge is calling for a review of the way courts hold people... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:10:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, proposed legislation Tuesday that would completely ban abortions in Missouri. According... More >>
4 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:02:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A court testimony reveals that a drug debt to a St. Louis entrepreneur and his associates... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:21:00 AM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis County man who hit himself in the head with frying pans has died after... More >>
5 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:45:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say officers shot and killed one man and wounded another after a police chase in... More >>
6 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:22:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — All seven members of a St. Louis family are hospitalized in critical condition after a house... More >>
6 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:20:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Relatives searching for a missing woman have found the decomposed body of man in a Kansas... More >>
6 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:19:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old Kansas City man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his... More >>
6 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:16:00 AM CST in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to five years of probation for his drunken role in a suburban... More >>
6 hours ago January 24, 2017 Jan 24, 2017 Tuesday, January 24 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 9:12:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said it arrested two armed robbery suspects Monday. Detectives said they arrested 26-year-old... More >>
16 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 10:40:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a shooting in north Columbia Monday evening,... More >>
18 hours ago January 23, 2017 Jan 23, 2017 Monday, January 23 2017 Monday, January 23, 2017 8:47:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 50°
4pm 49°
5pm 49°
6pm 48°
7pm 47°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld