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Reservation Services International

October 08, 2013 19:38 ET

Reservation Services International Reports of Travel Scams on the Rise

WINTER PARK, FL--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2013) - In the over 30 years that Reservation Services International has been in business, it has built a reputation for being trustworthy and client focused. With a goal of helping clients thrive by offering the best and most economical travel packages available, Reservation Services International is also reminding travelers to be safe throughout the holiday season.

Unfortunately, even though travelers are getting an excellent deal on travel, they are still in danger of being tricked, robbed, or taken advantage of once they reach their destination. Reservation Services International wants consumers to be aware of some of the most common travel scams happening today, to find out what you need to watch for.

  • The mustard scam
    This classic scam involves at least two criminals working as a team and is common in crowded places such as airports and malls. A person eating a hotdog or something equally messy walks past the victim and "accidentally" squirts mustard or ketchup or mayonnaise onto the unsuspecting traveler's shirt. Their partner rushes in with paper towels or napkins to "help" and in the ensuing confusion, the victim loses his or her wallet.

  • Helpful locals
    Local residents can provide some of the best advice about where to eat, where to shop, and generally how to enjoy an unfamiliar city. However, they can also prey on a tourist's natural inclination to be polite and friendly to the residents of wherever he or she is visiting. Be aware of overly friendly or pushy locals, and if someone tries to talk you into buying something, switching accommodations, or taking them up on an incredible offer, excuse yourself and walk away.

  • The slow count
    Dealing with unfamiliar currency in foreign countries can be confusing, and shop owners sometimes take advantage of this. In "the slow count," a tourist is receiving change. The scammer counts back the traveler's cash and about half way through the process they will take a long pause. The tourist assumes that the pause is the end and leaves before receiving the full amount. Make sure to be clear about what you are purchasing, how much it costs and how much you are spending to purchase it.

Reservation Services International reminds travelers that a variety of travel scams exist, but many of them are variations of these basic scams. Luckily, travelers who are aware of the possibility of scams and trust their instincts about anything that feels strange are well on their way to enjoying fun, con-free vacations.

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