MIAMI, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- GlobeQuest understands that many travelers are concerned about becoming the victim of a scam while they are traveling. There are some scams that are more prevalent and more widespread than others, but by staying aware and keeping an eye out for the telltale warning signs, travelers have a much better chance of staying safe during their travels this year.
1. The Stranded Victim — Unfortunate things definitely do happen, and sometimes people really do need help. The GlobeQuest scam prevention squad knows that many times, these people that are stranded with broken down cars, stolen wallets, etc., might also be running a scam. It is difficult to always know the difference between a person who is in legitimate need and a con. A few ways to handle a situation where someone asks for help, such as money to get gas or a bus ticket, is to offer to purchase a gas can for them or actually buy a bus ticket. If it is a scam, the person will usually want cash rather than the actual item they claim they need. Offering to call someone for them is another way of weeding out the con artists from someone who is truly stranded. If someone offers a lot of excuses or longwinded explanations, there is a good chance they are trying to pull off a scam.
2. The Best Deal Ever — A good rule of thumb to adhere to is this age-old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Most everyone loves a bargain, but when something is priced significantly below regular retail for that brand or item, it should raise a red flag that the item or service might not be legitimate. Counterfeit items such as name brand purses, sunglasses, watches and shoes are a big business. Sometimes, the forgery is obvious, but with the vast amount of technology that is available today, it can be hard to tell the difference. Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals as the items are often stolen or knock-offs warns the Globe Quest scam prevention squad.
3. I.D. Theft — Being cautious about private information and account numbers is a good idea wherever travelers find themselves. Globe Quest suggests that travelers use only secure Internet connections when accessing anything that needs passwords and always be aware of those around them when entering sensitive information on the phone or computer. Identity theft is more prevalent than ever before and can happen anywhere – at home or while on vacation. Always report any suspicious activity immediately and monitor information-sensitive accounts when traveling.
GlobeQuest encourages travelers to pay close attention to their surroundings and be on alert so as not to be an easy target. For more information on how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam, visit http://www.globequesttravelclub.com today.
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