Hotel booking scam: Beware of being redirected to fake web sites!

Historically, it is when the industry in a tailspin┬áthat fraudsters seek to prey on it. This time around is no different as according to…

“A well-organized online fraud is scamming over 71,000 travelers each month as they book rooms online at some of America’s best known hotel chains, including Hyatt, Clarion, TraveLodge, Comfort Inn, Red Roof, EconoLodge, Super 8, Ramada, Days Inn, and Wyndham”.

The report notes that the “scam┬ácasts a big net and is evolving daily”, it “combines advanced online advertising, bogus hotel locators, third-party reservation systems, and an Internet browser virus to redirect hotel guest traffic to fake versions of well-known hotel chain websites” with the “hardest hit (being) Super 8 Motels, Days Inn, and Ramada”. Per the report in Fraudtip, it is estimated that an astounding 50,000 travelers seeking out these hotels are redirected to the bogus sites each month!


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