GlobeQuest Timeshare, a leader in the travel club industry, advises travelers of common scams to be aware of, and how to avoid them.
No one wants to fall victim to a scam when vacationing. Unfortunately, scammers and thieves target tourists every day. GlobeQuest Timeshare wants its members to be on alert and have listed a number of the more frequent scams in the world today in order to inform and protect members from being taken advantage of.
MONEY EXCHANGE MISTAKES: It can oftentimes be confusing when using currency in another country; mistakes can happen. GlobeQuest Timeshare recommends being cautious and observant when making transactions, particularly with cabs, street vendors and in tourist-oriented shops. Carrying a currency converter chart or a calculator may help travelers to avoid being overcharged or given back the incorrect amount of change.
GIFT EXCHANGE: It seems harmless enough: a stranger asks for directions, or another simple favor and insists on giving their victims a gift name brand pair of sunglasses, leather purse, etc. At the last minute as they are walking away, they sheepishly ask if they can borrow money in exchange. This “gift” usually turns out to be a knockoff or completely worthless. Worse yet, it may be stolen.
GREAT DEALS: Everyone likes a bargain. This particular scam targets those who might want the newest Coach purse, but cannot afford to buy one in a regular market. The item for sale can be anything that is usually in the high value range, but marked down considerably. These scams almost always involve fraudulent merchandise, knockoffs or stolen goods. GlobeQuest Timeshare reminds its members that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
THE BAIT AND SWITCH: This scam comes in many forms, but the main premise is this: one person takes advantage of the victim’s unfortunate circumstances¾being lost, having car trouble, or even having coffee spilled on them. Their partner uses the opportunity to pick pocket, steal luggage and so on. The best advice that GlobeQuest Timeshare can offer is for travelers to be aware of their surroundings and any sudden diversions, such as someone falling, spilling or dropping something. Always keep valuable items in sight and in hand.
GlobeQuest Timesharehopes that these tips can help keep its members from being victims of scams, and suggests that suspicious behavior be reported immediately. For more information on how to stay safe while traveling, or how to take a luxurious vacation with this leader in vacation fulfillment, contact GlobeQuest Timeshare today.