Avoiding Spring Break scams with the Better Business Bureau

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- Many college students are on Spring Break, and some students may want to travel during their free time.

Chris Thetford of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) joined us this morning to help kids and their parents avoid potential scams.


BBB tips for Spring Break:
Do your homework.
•Get details in writing.
•Pay with a credit card.
•Consider travel insurance.
•Be wary of “won” trips

-Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises students to be wary of travel deals that seem too good to be true. Parents and other relatives should be skeptical of calls purportedly coming from students stranded in distant locations, as scammers see the popularity of spring break trips as an opportunity to pull the so-called ‘grandparent scam.’
-Many online sites offer deals on travel. Some are legitimate, while others may be scams. BBB advises students to deal with reputable sites when booking travel, checking a site`s reservation policies and other fine print before booking deals. Package deals may be touted as all-inclusive, but be sure you understand exactly what is included.
– Book through a reliable travel agent or travel site. Check its BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org. or find a BBB Accredited Business. Accredited Businesses must adhere to the BBB`s 8 standards of trust, requiring that they advertise honestly, be transparent, and honor promises.

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