Sea to Ski Vacations Urges Travelers to Use Caution When Vacationing Abroad To Avoid Scams and Fraud

Sea to Ski Vacations’ travel experts warn European travelers to avoid scams, theft and fraud by using caution with personal information, social media posts and cell phone roaming charges. In response to increased scams and fraud during summer travel the FBI recently issued a warning to travel consumers about scam artists using internet connections in hotels to gain access to personal information.

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Sea to Ski Vacations says keeping personal information and property safe while traveling is as simple as being cautious when posting to social media sites and using public WiFi for Internet access, and staying aware of the surroundings.

Broomfield, CO (PRWEB) July 13, 2012

With summer travel in full swing and increasing numbers of families traveling to Europe, scams and theft are on the rise for people traveling abroad. But travel experts say it is easy to enjoy a perfect travel experience by keeping a few safety tips in mind.

Stephen Andrews, spokesperson for Sea to Ski Vacations, says keeping personal information and property safe while traveling is as simple as being cautious when posting to social media sites and using public WiFi for Internet access, and staying aware of the surroundings.

“With the rise of social media many people tend to post updates on Facebook and Twitter about their upcoming vacation, when they are leaving for a trip, how long they will be gone and other information. It is not uncommon for people to “check-in” at the airport and other locations, give ongoing updates and other reports that let criminals know the house is empty,” Andrews said.

“The best thing to do is let your closest friends know you are going away in private e-mails. Be careful what you post online because you never know who is reading your social media posts.”

Andrews says the FBI and Better Business Bureau recently issued a warning to consumers about scammers using internet connections in hotels to gain access to travelers personal and business information.

"Computer savvy crooks will target people using public, wireless Internet service and use pop-up windows with fake advertisements or ones saying there is a computer update ready to download. It is best not to click on any ads, and either update computer software after returning home or go straight to the software website," Andrews said.

Another major expense that arrives when people return home after a vacation is extremely high cell phone bills. Some cell phone users report receiving bills in the thousands of dollars after traveling out of the United States.

"Even though travelers may not be using their cell phone, roaming charges may still apply. Before traveling abroad, or outside the coverage area,call your cell phone provider and ask about roaming charges and whether a change of service is needed while you are abroad. A simple phone call could save you hundreds of dollars," he said.

Members of Sea to Ski Vacations, which offers a personalized concierge service and highly trained travel advisers, are encouraged to ask questions about traveling abroad when booking a vacation or tour. Representatives can offer members advice from packing efficiently to cell phone usage and other travel tips before traveling abroad.

About Sea to Ski Vacations, LLC – Sea to Ski Vacations, a BBB A-rated business, is a members-only travel club with corporate offices in Colorado, and additional offices in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas and New York. Club members enjoy access to over 7,000 world-class resorts, cruises and a variety of tours and other amenities around the world. The company offers personalized concierge service and consultants who are experts in the field of travel. Sea to Ski Vacations is committed to Corporate Philanthropy and contributes to several charities and organizations with corporate donations and fundraisers. Currently, Sea to Ski supports the Wounded Warrior Project, the Children’s Miracle Network and Easter Seals. For more information visit our website at http://www.seatoskivacations.com, call 877.840.6400 or e-mail memberservices(at)seatoskivacations(dot)com.


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