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Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 10, 1998

How To Avoid a Spring Break Travel Scam


Arizona Daily Wildcat

  • Try to deal with Arizona companies. Out-of-state companies are difficult to pursue.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the company.
  • Make sure anything promised to you is in writing.
  • Try to find out how long the company has been in business to make sure it is not a "fly-by-night" operation.
  • Pay with a credit card so there will be a possibility to refute payment.
  • Ask specific questions. For example, "What is the flight number?" "What hotel is the reservation for?" "How are we getting from the airport to the hotel?"
  • If you do get scammed, document everything, notify the company of your actions and get the name of every person you talk to. When you get home, call an attorney. Associated Students legal adviser Susan Ferrell can provide free legal advice. Her phone number is 621-ASUA.


Source: Associated Students legal adviser Susan Ferrell


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