Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita warns Hoosiers to avoid scams this fall. It’s the time of year for scammers to crawl out of the woodwork and find new victims.
“As families plan for fall break, remember scammers are just waiting for Hoosiers to let their guard down,” Rokita said. “Don’t fall for their clever schemes – if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Hoosiers can protect themselves and their assets by asking the right questions and doing their research before making any big plans.”
Hoosiers can avoid common travel scams by following these simple tips:
- Be extra cautious when booking through an unfamiliar company. Check the Better Business Bureau ratings and research the name online to see if there are any allegations of scams.
- Read the fine print in the contract before you sign it. It will tell you about the conditions under which the operator can change or cancel the trip and the rules and penalties for cancellation.
- Pay by credit card. It gives you more protection than cash or checks.
- Use good judgment when sharing about your trip on social media. Consider changing your online privacy settings while on your trip.
- Lock your valuables, including personal information, in your trunk or a hotel safe.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, file a complaint at www.indianaconsumer.com.