If you’re still planning a summer vacation, be aware that travel-related problems rank eighth among complaints made to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, according to a newsletter. To avoid scams or fraud, remember the following:
Find out if the seller is registered with the department and if any complaints have been filed. Visit floridaconsumerhelp.com or call 1.800.HELP.FLA (435.7352).
Using a credit card provides an extra layer of protection against fraudulent charges under the Fair Credit Billing Act.
Verify travel arrangements in writing and get a copy of cancellation and refund policies.
Never give credit card or checking account numbers over the phone unless you initiated the call and are certain of the company’s credentials.
Consider travel insurance to protect your vacation.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be skeptical of postcards or calls announcing that you have won a free vacation.