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After a year without vacations, some people are a little rusty at booking travel, and scammers are taking full advantage. The Better Business Bureau has reported a spike in the number of people being scammed by fully functional, legit-looking travel booking sites that are actually fake—honey traps looking to steal your money and personal information. Here’s what to look for so you can avoid them.

How the scam works

While doing an online search for cheap flights or a hotel, you come across an unusually cheap deal. You book the flight or hotel using a credit card, either on the site directly or by calling a customer support line, and receive a confirmation email that doesn’t actually include the ticket or reservation you just booked. In some versions of this scam, you’ll then receive a call from a company “representative” who will try to charge you additional fees to finalize the booking. Later, when you…

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