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Del. AG Warns Consumers of Vacation Scams

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WILMINGTON, Del. - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is warning consumers to be on the lookout for travel-related frauds and scams this vacation season.

"Vacationers are prime targets for scammers who attempt to swindle victims out of their money or steal their personal information to commit identity theft," Biden said, adding that families can protect themselves by being aware of the following scams that have been reported to law enforcement:

Travel Ticket Scam - Marketing strategies advertise cheap or free airline tickets. In order to claim tickets the victim must provide personal information to the "airline," which the scammer uses to commit identity theft.

Rental Scam - Rental properties are advertised by con-men who don't own them. After a renter pays a deposit or surrenders personal information, they learn the property doesn't exist or the scammer does not own it, and photos/details were hijacked for the fraudulent advertisement.

Pizza Delivery Scam - Flyers for phony pizza delivery are distributed, directing consumers to place an order using a credit card number, which scammer uses to commit theft.

Imposter Scam - Scammers contact a hotel's front desk and ask to be transferred to a random room, then claim to be hotel staff, and ask the occupant for credit card information in order to deal with a payment problem.

Social Media Postings - Thieves monitor social media accounts looking for posts about when consumers will be on vacation, leaving their home empty and a target for burglary.

Vacation Arrest Scam - An elderly resident receives a call or email claiming to be a grandchild who was arrested or mugged while out of state or in a foreign country. The scammer claims to need money wired in order to post bail or travel home.

The AG encourages consumers to only use reputable travel sites and companies for booking rentals and other travel services, and to never provide personal information over the phone or via email. More information about how to avoid summertime vacation scams can be found by visiting Biden's Consumer Protection Unit online at www.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/fraud.

 

 

 

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