Fraud awareness and avoidance when shopping begins with a few key pieces of advice: If it sounds too good to be true…. Don’t let emotion rule over decision making, don’t give in to crowd mentality, and don’t let scarcity dictate your behavior.

With the rapid return to “normal” from the pandemic, these cautions have become key to surviving the flood of scams. Based on reports from law enforcement, a significant number of scams appear to have grown in relation to vacation travel. Recently, this column warned about fraud occurring in the promotion of vacation hospitality locations. Vehicle rental poses another opportunity for scammers to separate us from our money. They are well aware that when we fly to a vacation spot we almost always need to rent a vehicle. They are also aware that rental cars are now marketed…

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