How the scam works:
This is one of the most common travel scams, especially when hot destinations are on everybody's mind.
Tricksters create great websites for “new” travel agencies offering amazing deals. Wouldn’t you like to brag to your friends that you went to the Mayan Riviera for $350?
The scammers, usually using amazing pictures stolen from the Internet to promote their destinations, create fake travel agencies for a month at a time, get hundreds of avid tourists who pay on the spot, and then close down the "business".
Websites are created in such a high quality that is really hard to differentiate a real business than a shady one. The scammers then proceed to buy a bunch of Google AdSense or Facebook ads and close deals on spot. After a month of work 'in', they collect, shuts down the website, and create a new one. And the show goes on. Beware!
How to avoid:
Before you book your next holiday vacation, search on-line for the name of the provider and for several reviews. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Use recommendations from your friends or visit a local travel agency. If you choose the online option, rely only on reputable companies that have great feedback for their good deals.
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