Actor James McAvoy made the news last week when he turned to Instagram to share how he almost got scammed out of $12,000+ while planning a family vacation to Spain. As People reported, McAvoy explained the incident to his fans in an effort to warn them in a short video, saying: “Hello, there! I’m James McAvoy. I have just avoided being scammed through a cyber scamming scheme online and I’m just making this video to draw your attention to it.”
Here’s his video:
It turns out that McAvoy was trying to book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, in Tenerife. After an online search, he found a website that he says was “actually better” than the real hotel’s website. What made him eventually second-guess it—and not proceed with the booking—was that the deal seemed too good to be true and the site asked for payment via bank wire transfer.
In the spirit of James’s advice, today’s tip is to always pay for a travel booking with a credit card (not via wire transfer or debit card). In addition, as I’ve said before, if a deal sounds to good to be true, it’s usually a scam. If you ever find a travel deal or booking tool on a website that looks legit but is new to you, you should call the hotel directly to confirm the website is affiliated.
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