Wednesday 24 July 2019

It was the trip of my life ... until it ceased to be

Having time and money to travel is the dream and the will of many people, but at the time of planning the trip everything can happen. And if you are lucky enough to reach your destination without major complications, once there everything can happen to you. The problem with not knowing where you are going is that you are more predisposed to being scammed.

The scams and frauds in the reserves can be disguised and turn a perfect or almost perfect holidays into a real nightmare. Therefore it is vital to be attentive when looking for online travel deals, mainly if they seem too good to be true. The truth is that the web is the best place to provide opportunities for scammers. However, it also offers travelers the information necessary to make appropriate decisions that can avoid any type of scam.

It is important to pay attention to companies that we have never heard of and investigate them a little bit before giving our money to potential scammers. And in addition, it is equally essential to make a search, about the chosen destination for our trip, by way of discovering if there are some types of scams that are more frequent and how to avoid them.

For example:

If someone offer us free vacations or travel discounts from third parties we should think twice before accepting it. It's probably a scam!

Frauds in rental apartments or advance payment of a hotel or travel package, in order to guarantee a lower price are two other very common scams.

Once in the holiday destination the scam of hotel promoters or taxi drivers often happens. We must be vigilant in order to avoid it.

In addition, in many countries counterfeiting and ATM thefts are also a source of problems and a fairly common scam.

But the question is what to do if it happens to us?

If this happens the first thing is to file a complaint with the police and keep all the documentation that can help prove the fraud. The hiring of a private detective is also usually helpful as fraud investigations belong to his field of action. In Oliver Detectives we are specialized in the investigation of tourism services so we are trained to help solve the situation in the best possible way.

Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives


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