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Travel Scams: What Are They And How To Avoid Them

Written by Dan Marzullo
Last Updated: 1/4/2021
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Travel Scams:  What Are They And How To Avoid Them

Are you an inexperienced traveler? Well, this blog will help teach you some essential skills to use when traveling outside your home. Because we are in a pandemic right now, Covid-19 is making it hard to travel. Many countries do not allow United States citizens to enter their countries due to the high cases here in America. But some countries are allowing United States citizens to enter their lands, one being Mexico. Mexico is a beautiful country with a unique culture and natural beauty. There are so many destination hotspots such as Cancun, Cabo, Tulum, and more. All the different tourist activities offered at each location make it hard to choose which one to visit. You can hang glide, zipline, tan by the beach, shop, go to cultural museums, fish, scuba dive, take cooking classes, and do guided tours. Sometimes the hotels you stay at will offer you packages to do all of those activities throughout your stay. Other times you have to book each activity individually through a different business.

To be successful when creating a schedule for all your travel activities, you will have to do your research to find the highest-rated tourist companies. If you are like me and too lazy to do your research, you can ask your concierge at the hotel to recommend some of their favorite hospitality companies. But keep in mind, sometimes concierges will provide you with some of the most expensive tourist companies because they secretly work hand in hand together and benefit from your money. So whether you decide to ask your concierge or do your own research, take note of the different price ranges and each company's safety ratings. Traveling may seem like all fun and games, but it is critical to note that accidents happen.

Inexperienced Traveler Stories

Two of my friends went to Mexico to go zip lining a couple of years ago. They told me that the drive up to the zipline course was stunning. They felt like they were in a jungle, miles away from any civilization. The first zipline course was easy; they said it was a super short coast down the zip line. Many zip line companies use this tactic to help their customers get a feel for it. As my friends progressed through the zip line course, they said the ziplines got longer and appeared to be steeper. This structure is standard for any zipline course. However, my friend's harness had broken. Half of it had ripped, and she was barely attached to the zipline. Luckily she made it safely to the platform. But this experience was incredibly frightening for her, and now she has an entirely understandable fear of heights. After that experience, she researches every company that she uses whenever she goes traveling.

I had another friend who was scammed in Mexico while celebrating her and her boyfriend's anniversary together. They rented scooters from a tourist shop near their hotel. They signed a waiver stating that if the bikes get damaged, they would pay to fix them. Not thinking anything of it, they signed the waiver and rented the scooters. Within five minutes of riding the scooters around the town, my friend's boyfriend's scooter broke down, causing him to crash and fall to the ground. His foot broke, and the scooter got severely damaged. When they returned to the shop, the owners blamed them and made them pay a great price to fix the scooters. When they later arrived at the hospital to aid the broken foot, the doctors informed them that my friends got involved in a scam.

This travel scam involved giving people a faulty bike, ensuring that it would get wrecked, and their customers would have to pay, which is why it is so essential to do your research on companies when traveling to somewhere new. I bet you that if they researched the bike company, there would have been a similar story about the faulty bike scam that could have warned them. Traveling can be so unpredictable, especially when you are traveling outside the country. Some countries have incredibly diverse regulations compared to the United States when it comes to safety measures. Researching the safety regulations of the place you intend to visit would be a smart idea. To prevent you from being scammed or a loved one, it is essential to research any tourist attractions you are going to do whether it be in a foreign country or in the United States. If you are traveling within the United States, using a website like gladiknow.com can help you find criminal records on the people running tourist attractions.

How To Verify A Tourist Attraction Company

A fantastic solution is using new, advanced people search technology that instantly and confidently verifies, who runs the tourist company, which in turn could protect you from a scam. It's easy, highly effective, and well priced. Here is how you can use GladiKnow. This new, advanced people search engine (gladiknow.com is one of the best) will give you fast and confidential access to nearly a BILLION public records on any person.

Here’s How You Can Utilize GladiKnow's People Search Engine

  1. When contacting the companies for their hours and prices, feel free to ask who runs the company, this is a great way to prevent a scam. Knowing the owner's names should not be a secret, and if they act reluctant to tell you, know something is up. Therefore the first step is to ask the person (in this case, the owner of the tourist attraction) for their name and location (city and state) or their address (both will work).
  2. The second step would be to go to gladiknow.com and type in their first, and last name and location into GladiKnow's people search engine. You will instantly get a confidential report on the person. This report will include that person's age, home address, address history, emails, phones, relatives, employment status, education levels, social media profiles, criminal records, sex offender records, liens, judgments, bankruptcies, civil records, traffic and infraction records, licenses, permits, and so much more.
  3. The third step to protect you from a travel scam would be to compare what the person on the phone tells you vs. the GladiKnow's report. GladiKnow has the ACTUAL information on the person. Ask the company's owner about where they have lived, their age, employment and education, names of relatives, personal email addresses and phone numbers, or any bit of information you choose from the report in front of you. If the company owner is a scammer, they will certainly not give you real data to reveal their true identity. If this is the scenario, you will see a mismatch between what they tell you and what you know to be accurate from their report. Congratulations, you have just revealed a travel scammer!

This tool is such an easy way to ensure that you are traveling safely and smart. No one wants to undergo what my friends went through on their trips. This process works well in any situation where you want to find out more or the truth about someone you are close to or not so close with, from online dating profiles to roommates and old and current classmates to new friends or romantic interests - the possibilities are endless! This website can protect you from all sorts of scams. For more information on this advanced people search engine, check out this great video.

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