BBB warns about travel scams during summer

A Twitter user says he almost fell victim to an airline scam.

Shmuli Evers says that his flight with Delta Air Lines was canceled and when he tried to call the company, it was a fake phone number from a scammer.

Wes Lafortune, the manager of communications and media with the Better Business Bureau of southern Alberta and East Kootenay outlined some travel tips to avoid scams when you’re out for some much-needed summer holiday time.

“Do research, work with reputable companies, look for that https, which means secure websites, and that will go a long way to protect yourself. The other thing I should mention is if you use a credit card to make your travel arrangements, you often have protection from the credit card company in the form of insurance if somehow you’ve been scammed or duped. So that’s another level of protection that the consumer can use when booking travel.”

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says so far this year, Canadians have lost $283.5 million due to fraud.

If you’ve been the victim of a travel scam you can report it to

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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