When planning a vacation this summer, consumers need to protect themselves not only from too much sun, but also from travel scams. The FTC’s new game, “Gear Up for a Great Trip,” is available in English and Spanish at www.ftc.gov/travel and www.ftc.gov/viajar. As players help animated travelers gear up for vacation, they get tips for their own travel planning, including:
Travel tips are also available at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt012.shtm and http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/salt012.shtm.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish (bilingual counselors are available to take complaints), or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/complaint.htm. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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