If you live in Nigeria, you have probably heard of the different kinds of scam making the rounds. Recently, these scam artists have beamed their search-lights on travellers. Airline travel scams have become abundant, there are different ruses employed by these scammers to swindle innocent travellers.
You may receive a mail saying you won free round trip airline tickets. They use real or look-alike airline names and ask you to call a number to collect your prize. If you call, you are asked for personal information to process the prize. However, the scammer is collecting information that can be used to steal your identity.
Another ruse they employ is sending out fake airline ticket order confirmation. The emails have links that, once clicked, will install spyware or malware on your computer or mobile device.
Here are some popular tips to help you safeguard against these travel scams:
• Research the company, whether an airline or travel-related business, on the letter, postcard or email.
• when you win a prize, you don’t have to pay fees or buy something to receive it. But, you may have to pay taxes on winnings, but you shouldn’t have to pay “tax fees” to receive the prize. Also, you can refuse to accept a prize, especially if you determine that the taxes you would have to pay for receiving the prize isn’t offset by the prize’s worth.
• If you didn’t book a flight or enter a contest for airline tickets, then you should never click any links or download attachments with ticket confirmations, just delete such mail immediately.
• When in doubt, contact your travel agent or the airline directly to determine if the booking or prize is legitimate or a scam.
Lastly, NEVER divulge your personal, bank or card details to anyone you aren’t sure of. Another useful article on major travel scams to read up is 14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid on Nomadicmatt blog
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