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Beware of These Scams While on Vacation

A few more weeks of summer remain, and the Federal Trade Commission has new warnings if you plan to squeeze in a last minute hotel vacation. Keep an eye out for these scams that seem to be snaring enough victims to warrant a national alert.

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  • If someone calls your room, claims to be from the front desk and asks for your credit card number, don't give it to them. If staff really has a problem with your credit card, they will ask you to come back downstairs to run it again. Be sure to report the call to hotel staff.
  • Watch out for fliers advertising food delivery services. The person at the end of the line might take your credit card number and never bring your food. Play it safe by ordering directly from the restaurant, or get recommendations from the front desk.
  • Make sure the wifi network you log onto really belongs to the hotel. Scammers could be waiting for you to log onto their "free" wifi network so they can hack into your computer and steal your information.

For more information on this, other scams and how to get help, visit the FTC's website.

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