Free Cruise Ship Scams on the Rise
you've won a free cruise!"
Sounds exciting? Well, on the surface, it definitely sounds tempting. But that's before you learn that you were part of a very elaborate scam. It starts with a simple phone call, and one that our data at YouMail shows is becoming more and more common.
What You Should Know
We'd all like to believe that a random call letting us know that we've won a free cruise to the Bahamas was as simple and innocent as the caller makes it sound. But it's a scam. And here's how it works:
- The Offer. You're told you've won a free cruise or have secured a discounted rate, but you'll be asked to provide a credit card number to pay a deposit or processing fee. You may even be asked for your passport or Social Security number. Don't do it! Your card could be charged "port fees" and other incidentals that could potentially cost far more than if you bought the trip yourself! Provide your Social Security or passport number and you risk future identity theft.
- The Sales Pitch. Some offers are just about locking you in for a timeshare. You'll have to sit through a few hours of a hard pitch.
- The Long-Distance Scam. These are often nothing more than a trick to run up your phone bill. To claim your prize cruise, you're told to call a 900 phone number or one with an area code of 876, 868, 809, 758, 784, 664, 473, 441, 284 or 246. Those codes seem fine, but are actually from foreign countries, with the clock running at $5 a minute or more. In the end, there's no promised vacation, just a really high phone bill.
How YouMail can help stop cruise scams today
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