May 24, 2013

Maine officials warn of vacation scams

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is advising consumers to be leery of vacation deals popping up this time of the year. Mills says if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

With Memorial Day approaching, more Mainers may start to receive solicitations from bogus companies enticing them take a free or incredibly cheap vacation or for an exceptional opportunity to sell their existing timeshare.

Mills says to be wary of "you won a free vacation" notices that ask for upfront fees. A legitimate company won't ask consumers to pay for a prize.

Also look out for prize companies that ask for a credit card number. Even if they say it's just for "verification," ''taxes," or "port fees," don't give it to them.

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