Top Summer Travel Scams

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | TravelAs you look forward to a summer getaway, watch out for these common scams: Tricky tickets: Received a letter promising free or steeply discounted airline or cruise tickets? Read the small print — and between the lines — for words such as “eligible” and “guaranteed to win.” These mailers are often sent by vacation clubs as a lure to attend a high-pressure sales presentation where you’re promised huge travel discounts. The hook: You join by paying upfront fees that could approach five figures …

Steer Clear of These Common Parking Scams

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIt can be a tough road maneuvering around scams. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re just parking. Consider these six ploys: Movie violations. Crooks wait in movie theater parking lots and after you go inside, they break into your car — specifically to glean your address from the vehicle registration and then go burglarize your home with a two-hour window of opportunity. Keep your vehicle registration, as well as your GPS and other valuables, in a locked glove …

Summer’s Bummer: Event Ticket Scams

Posted on 06/27/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsNearly 5 million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes. And it’s not just “scalpers” hawking outside at the gate who should be avoided. (They collect more than $4 million per month in such bogus sales.) Increasingly, ticket trickery results when you buy from classified ads on Craigslist, eBay or on ticket-selling websites that appear to be legitimate but are anything but. So let the buyer beware — and …