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The internet and email are full of travel deals too good to be true. Want to make sure you don’t get scammed? The following are signs that you need to tread carefully:

  • Unsolicited deals with a tone of urgency
  • The offer requires personal account information in order to for you to see details
  • When you hover over the link, there is a different URL listed
  • You can use,,, and scambook to check out a deal
  • Make sure there is no RED DOT in the url
  • The travel agent should have USTOA or ASTA license and they should be willing to provide references and speak via Skype or FaceTime. Do call the references. Make sure there’s a working customer service line
  • Pay by credit card only.
  • If you don’t receive tickets immediately, ACT
  • If a deal looks very enticing, call the company to verify before clicking on any links
  • Book only on secures servers (https or shttp)

From the New York Times Travel Show