Articles tagged “scams”

Travel Booking

India Daily: 51 Percent of Travelers Face Booking Scams

There’s perhaps more opportunity than ever for cybercriminals to take advantage of consumers who are increasingly getting lured in by deals that are literally too good to be true.

India Daily: 51 Percent of Travelers Face Booking Scams

Skift Meetings

How to Deal With Conference Scams

As in-person meetings and events come roaring back, so do the bad actors looking to rip off your attendees, your sponsors, and your organization. Be on the lookout for these common conference scams so you can stop the scammers before they do any lasting damage.

How to Deal With Conference Scams


Airbnb’s Next Big Challenge Is Keeping the Scammers Away

Airbnb is far past the early adopter phase, but it is just now entering the phase where its hosts and guests may not be there just for the sharing and belonging.

Airbnb’s Next Big Challenge Is Keeping the Scammers Away


Timeshare king David Siegel wears down sales agents he decided not to pay

Whether it's Westgate or a more reputable company like Wyndham, the reality of a timeshare rarely matches the promise of a high-pressure sales pitch -- no matter which end of that pitch you're on.


Man faces 31 years in prison for fabricating tour operator and scamming elderly tourists

This is a tourist’s worse nightmare, and likely happens more often than people realize. The problem is amplified abroad where language barriers and foreign laws make it more difficult to take action.

Short-Term Rentals

King of timeshares: Too poor to pay sales agents, rich enough to build world’s biggest McMansion

To outsiders, timeshare salesman exist to make used-car salesman look respectable. To multi-millionaire Siegel they exist to sell your properties, then not pay commissions to. It's hard to imagine a situation where someone could look scummier.


Unemployed Italian man arrested in Turin after posing as pilot and flying in cockpit

This incident and the recent case of the 11-year-old boy who flew without a ticket demonstrate that breaches of security don't require high-tech smarts or brute force, just a bit of confidence and the right set of circumstances.

Media and PR

Email phishing scam uses name to swipe personal data

It's a sign of success when scammers start trading on your successful name to trick users into opening emails from suspect sources and then click on an attachment.