Watch Out For Travel Scams, FBI Warns

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If it seems too good to be probably is.

As fall quickly approaches, many people might be looking to go on one last weekend trip, or some might already be planning for their Christmas vacation. But in the excitement of planning a trip, it can be easy to jump on an all-expenses-paid offer only to realize it was a scam.

The FBI released a notice on Tuesday, warning citizens to watch out for these "too good to be true" travel schemes.

These scams are an evolution of classic phishing schemes, and there are a few things to watch out for.

Any time you get a robocall, it's probably illegal and you should hang up immediately. Emails and texts from an unknown or unfamiliar source are also probably no good, and you should ignore and delete these offers.

In general, the FBI recommends people do their research with travel companies. Look up reviews from other customers and make yourself familiar with the company's cancellation policy.

"Although the offer is tempting, don’t fall for it! How often do you hear of people actually getting their entire trip paid for by a random stranger? Not that often, because it is yet another scam with expensive strings attached," writes the FBI.

When you do decide to book a flight or a hotel stay, don't pay with a check or a debit card. Instead, use a credit card. If scammers have pulled the wool over your eyes, using a credit card will allow you to dispute the charge with your bank.

And once you do go on vacation, here's how to keep your devices secure while on your trip.