Chapter 15. Who knew? A flurry of old champs

Travel fraud

Like many other scams, travel fraud often starts with your being notified that you have won a contest that you never entered. This time the prize is a terrific vacation trip.

You may learn of your winning through a telemarketer, an email, a fax, or a postcard. The “free” trip that you have won usually comes with fees that are barely visible in the fine print. Hidden charges, conditions, and additional fees that you must pay to get the free trip can add up quickly. Often, you are asked for your credit card number or bank account information, sometimes just for identification purposes; however, the identification purpose is just to identify you as a sucker. Other times, you are required to ...

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