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Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Phone Travel Scams

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phone3We’ve all heard about the growth of phone scams, but nowhere is that more prevalent than in the world of travel.

Twice in the last two weeks, I’ve received a call that I won a free cruise, and that all I had to do was press the number one on my phone.

For giggles I did it, and two things happened.

One, I was told the cruise was free, but they had to process my airfare. That airfare—for two, of course—came to more than $2000.

So much for a free cruise.

Even worse, I learned that when I pressed the number one, it indicated I was at a working number, so I received more phone calls with other hotel and timeshare scams.

The first number was displayed on my phone, so I was able to register it on a number of applications, like Truecaller, PrivacyStar, or Hiya, which work well to detect scam calls.

As for the more difficult unknown numbers— I just didn’t answer.

I let them go to voicemail.

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