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AARP Pennsylvania
Reminds travelers to stay vigilant to avoid disappointment

With the arrival of travel season, AARP Pennsylvania reminds travelers to remain vigilant against scams that could turn dream vacations into disappointing ordeals. Travelers looking forward to relaxing and exploring new destinations should be cautious of too-good-to-be-true deals on vacation rentals and car hires.

Vacation rental scams often involve properties listed with enticingly low rates and exceptional amenities. Scammers may hijack legitimate listings or create entirely fictitious ones using stolen images. They typically push for quick deals and upfront payments, only for travelers to discover the truth upon arrival.

Car rental scams also surge during high travel seasons, with fraudsters enticing travelers with exceptionally low rates and insisting on advance payments, often through untraceable methods like gift cards or prepaid debit cards, leaving travelers stranded.


AARP Pennsylvania offers these additional tips to protect yourself:

  • Research the property, owner, and travel deals thoroughly.
  • Never pay by wire transfer, prepaid debit card, or gift card.
  • Pay by credit card for added security and potential recourse.
  • Verify all terms in writing, including cancellation and refund policies.

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Jun 06, 2024

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