On Your Side Alert: Beware of travel scams

On Your Side Alert: Beware of travel scams

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you just stayed at a hotel for Spring Break, and you get a call that because you stayed at that hotel, you've won a free vacation package...be warned: it's probably too good to be true.

"A person will receive an unsolicited call from an individual who claims to be from Marriott Rewards or Hilton Honors or Expedia or whatever it may be, and they have a free reward to a travel resort, resort area, or a very, very low-cost, travel-related trip," said Tom Gallagher with the BBB.

It's a scam. Someone is phishing for your personal information. There is no trip to win.

"There's security stuff related, and they might be able to ask for your Social Security Number, your credit card information – don't fall for it," said Gallagher. "Don't call for those things when they call you up unsolicited and say, 'well this is your lucky day,' because we all know, that we don't have lucky days like that. We just don't. It just doesn't work that way."

What you should do is just hang up. If you want an extra layer of protection, make sure you're on the do not call registry. Remember, that won't keep scammers from calling you - so you still have to be alert.

"That's never stopped a crook before, and I don't see that it's going to stop a crook now," said Gallagher.

If you think you really won something, hang up with the caller on the line, and look up the number of the business yourself. Then contact them directly to find out. Always remain skeptical of unsolicited calls.

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