Planning a last minute vacation? AARP warns of this scam

FARMVILLE — As families schedule their last minute trips before school is back in session, AARP warns of a new scam to watch for.

According to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), these criminal scammers have created fake travel sites that look convincingly legitimate. When patrons search on the internet to book their trip, these fake websites pop up in the search results. The fake listings are usually copies of legitimate ones, which makes it hard for customers to realize the website’s fake until it’s too late. Even though it looks real, the price is usually much lower than usual making the listing too good to pass up.

“School supplies have hit the store shelves, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for one last summer trip,” said Ginger Thompson, communications director at AARP in a press release. “But beware, because the pool of last-minute travel deals is filled with sharks.”

In order to stay safe while booking, AARP gives three helpful tips to keep in mind and plan a safe vacation.

Watch out for websites, AARP says

The first tip is to be mindful of the website. According to AARP, these scammers copy real listings from real sites making it hard to tell if it’s fake. AARP suggests using trusted booking sites or double checking the legitimacy of the site before giving any payment information. A good way to check is to see if there are any odd spellings or grammatical errors in the website or web address.

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