Avoiding Summer Travel Scams

If you’re leaving Coppell for a vacation this summer, here are a few things to know about scams and how you can avoid them.

Protect your Home – Be careful mentioning on social media that you will be away. Thieves sometimes use that information to target victims who are out of town. You may want to have the post office hold your mail while you’re away, and perhaps have a police officer do a drive by. Lights on timers is a good idea too.

Front Desk Call – A long running travel scam is the phony call to your hotel room, pretending to be the front desk, asking you to confirm credit card information. Never give it over the phone. Go down to the front desk to verify the call.

Wi-Fi Hot Spot Hackers – High traffic areas like hotel lobbies and airports are potential places for Wi-Fi scams. Some scammers ask you to provide credit card info for services of only a few dollars, but then they steal your information. Other scammers may download malicious software onto your computers. Only join and provide information on trusted networks.

Have a great time on your summer vacation, but be smart about it!