Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – January 27, 2012 – With grey skies and winter months seeming endless, a great travel deal promising relaxation under a tropical sun can be very tempting. While many travel deals are legitimate, your Better Business Bureau receives complaints and inquiries every winter regarding unsolicited mail, emails and faxes offering free or discounted vacations through travel clubs or travel vouchers. The BBB is advising consumers to do their research and read all of the fine-print before signing up for a travel deal.
“Many times, scammers will utilize numerous methods of correspondence to try and convince consumers to claim their “free” trip or getaway,” says Warren King, President of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA. “It is important for consumers to gather as much information as possible about the business and ask questions before signing on the dotted line and submitting payment or sensitive financial information.”
Your BBB recommends the following tips to consumers who are looking to book a relaxing getaway through a travel club or voucher:
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