The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned the travelers visiting Australia over the Internet scam that has reportedly caused over $250,000 loss this year.
The watchdog has received above 100 complaints that are related to travel. All the complaints reported false listings of rental accommodations, fake vouchers for holiday and hackers among other issues.
Following the complaints, ACCC has warned the travelers to be careful while booking their favorite getaways for the winter, especially if deals seem too good to be true.
ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard commented that while the visitors are planning their holidays, scammers, on the other hand, are scheming to rob their money.
The travel scam that is most commonly reported from the victims is that the discount vouchers for accommodation are either fakes or that they cannot be utilized as promised. In some cases the vouchers don’t even arrive.
May of the popular travel websites have been hacked by the scammers who access the company’s email inquiries and then prompt the customers to make false bookings assuming the identity the owners of the property.
Stayz and Fairfax are some of the renowned websites for travel that have been hacked by the scammers due to which the websites’ listing details have been altered.
ACCC suggests that the travelers have to take utmost care while they are booking a deal and may contact the travel companies directly using their details that the travelers have sources on their own through their phone or any website. Keeping the security of one’s computer up-to-date also helps in such situations.