Attorney General warns of vacation scams

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FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to beware of discounted travel scams.

According to Attorney General Andy Beshear, scam calls offering deep discounts, on travel to Orlando, Fla., and the Bahamas have been reported in some Kentucky counties.

Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Lewis as well as Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and Woodford counties reported receiving vacation scam calls.

According to the AG’s Office, a caller will claim qualified travelers can book a weeklong vacation to Orlando, right next to Disney as well as a three-day stay on a beach in the Bahamas for 75 percent off the retail rate.

Beshear said these type of calls often end with a victim providing an upfront payment and their personal and financial information in exchange for the promise of a luxury vacation that never happens.

“The right thing for Kentuckians to do is resist the temptation to quickly book a vacation they have supposedly qualified for or won,” said Beshear. “Always verify and research a travel agency before providing personal or financial information.

Beshear said not all vacation deals are a scam and offered the following tips to help Kentuckians spot and avoid scams:

— Watch for high-pressure tactics where a caller wants you to act quickly and pay upfront booking fees.

— Obtain booking and reservation confirmation numbers directly from the cruise company rather than the travel agency or agent.

— Do not send money via wire transfer, gift cards or cash.

Beshear said his office works to stay ahead of scammers by alerting Kentuckians when new and trending scams are reported in Kentucky. Kentuckians can sign up to receive Scam Alerts by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams.

To report a scam to the Office of the Attorney General, dial 888-432-9257 or file a consumer complaint online at ag.ky.gov/consumer-protections/complaints.

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