FAr Away Travel agency have recently gone bust and have left a host of its clinets out of pocket. I would kindly ask any others who have been victims of this scam to please come forward and report the matter to the Edinburgh Police. The contact name there is Simon Jefferies.
As i am one of these victims I have listed several common scams associated with Travels agents in general.
Dont be a victim of these 5 top travel scams.
1. Discount travel clubs
Usually a bad idea. If your travel club is asking for more than a few dollars for membership, they are probably scamming you. They will offer a discounted menu of trips (of course it is discounted they said so didnt they?), only available to members. For this membership, you get the privilege of booking the trip, probably a substandard product and a newsletter. They get your money plus the commission paid by the travel supplier. Its a great asset to anyones cash flow. Travel clubs should be geared towards social engagement and any dues or membership paid should be reasonable and cover only the true costs.2. Become a travel agent
This is a scam that is running rampant now. Once you pay a fee to a company, it will issue credentials allowing you access to travel agent freebies and discounts and commissions on selling travel. First off, the days of freebies and discounts are done trust me, they are few and far between. Secondly, in order to sell travel and be recognized by a supplier, you need to be affiliated with either a travel agency or be registered as an independent seller of travel with either the Cruise Lines International Association or the Airlines Reporting Corporation. Believe me, this is a perfect example of the old axiom, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.3. Deceptive pricing
Know the real price. Know the final price. Look at any major airline ad and you will see their too good to be true fares. The problem is the fine print. The ads are for a one way fare based on round trip purchases. Presto, your cost has doubled. It seems the airlines are more adept at creative pricing than flying their own planes. From frequent flier redemption to unavailable seats, to bogus two-for-one offers, they know all the tricks. But be careful, while the airlines are masters of this scam, they do not have a patent on the practice. Be sure you read all of the fine print before you hand over the credit card or click on the buy button.4. Timeshares
People marketing timeshares are slick. They are not afraid to lie, cheat, or steal to make a sale. Most timeshare offers are made while you are already on vacation and your guard is down, but many are from contest entry forms where you fill out a form while waiting for your Chinese take-out. Very simply, never agree to a meeting or a presentation. Ask that any information be sent to you. Once in a presentation, you have put yourself in physical and fiscal danger. A client of ours just returned from Mexico where he thought he agreed to extend his stay to try out a timeshare. When he returned, he found that his credit card had been charged $37,000 and he was a proud new owner of a timeshare Spanish contracts tend to be confusing if you are not fluent in the language.