BBB Advises Vacationers to Be Wary of Travel Scams

August 07, 2017

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First appeared on Big Island Now

Hawai‘i’s Better Business Bureau has released a series of tips for travelers to help them stay informed about common scams targeting visitors and vacationers.

Visitors in new places are often the target of scam artists, according to BBB. Five common travel scams outlined by the organization are as follows:

  • Group Photo: Group photo scams tend to be more common in touristy areas or near landmarks. Strangers will offer to take a photo of you and your group, but while you arrange yourself for the photo, the stranger will steal the camera. Travelers should make sure that they are approaching someone to take the photo, not the other way around.
  • Hotel Wakeup Call: Scam artists will call you in the middle of the night claiming to be the front desk and inform you there was a problem with your credit card. They will ask for a new card number or for you to give them the details again. Never give account information details away over the phone. If you receive this call, hang up and head down to the front desk in person.

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