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    Vacation Scams


    In this case, you’ll receive an email, with an amazing, bargain basement offer to some exotic destination, but you have to book it fast or it will expire in a day or two. If you decide to take advantage of the trip, you’ll find that on the surface it’s attractive, but one or more parts are vastly overpriced.

    Some of these details won’t be disclosed until after you’ve made a financial commitment, when it’s too late to back out. And if you cancel, you could lose everything you’ve paid out.

    Another scam is that you’ll have to sit through a timeshare pitch in exchange for the cherished trip. But beware, timeshare salespeople are notoriously aggressive and they will do almost anything to make you sign on the dotted line. And when they say, “it’s only a 90 minute presentation,” don’t believe a word of it.

    Chances are they will take you to a remote location that’s hard to get away from and the “presentation” will turn into a high-pressure sales pitch that could last for 4-5 hours. Worse, you might get nothing at the end of it.

    This particular scam is really common in Mexico, where you’re offered a trip or financial reward in exchange for the “presentation.” Some of the worst areas for this type of harassment are Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias and other seaside cities and towns.

    If you encounter this type of pitch, walk away. Don’t engage in conversation with these people even if they insult you. The insults are an attempt to engage you, and once they do that, they can sell you.

    If you want to go on a trip, book it in person or online using a reputable agency such as Expedia or Travelocity.

    © Nathan Segal

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