Holiday swindlers: The rise of digital travel scams

Social media is helping travel agents to impress clients, and sometimes to scam them. …

Altogether, Maria says she paid $30,000 for the holiday – the $20,000 she had paid in advance, plus an extra $10,000 for just one of the hotels. Maria says that as well as telling her he’d paid for the room, Rafael Bessa had said he’d got her a free upgrade – but he hadn’t, and the hotel charged the staggering full price for the super de luxe room.

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