How to avoid scams in hotel, hostel and apartment reservations


Unfortunately, the scams they exist in a world where there are people who try to take advantage of others in any way. What are you for holidays don't be the worst in your life and don't feel cheated, you should know prevent a scam before you get a silly face. Internet It makes it possible to reduce costs, which makes offers increasingly attractive, but it also facilitates the proliferation of this class of crimes.

Tips on the reliability of establishments

1- If the price of the hotel, hostel or apartment is very low compared to other similar places, you have to be suspicious because there is something wrong. Scammers try to have the lowest price in the category they offer so that large numbers of people fall for it.

2- You have to make sure that this establishment has already been hired by other users who have even given their opinion on the stay they have enjoyed there. Logically, in new establishments that is impossible to contrast. Another good way to do it is by contacting the administrator of the Community of Owners.

3- Check if the offer is on several web pages that are dedicated to collecting establishments. If it appears on a page of recognized prestige such as Atrapalo or Booking, it will usually be more legit. If it only appears on a home page made with very little grace, it is best to be more suspicious than normal.


4- Always have the fly in your ear with all those establishments that do not show their faces, those that put problems to talk on the phone or are never there. Scammers often search for a contact by email, more distant and cold.

5- Hotmail, gmail or yahoo domains are less than legit. Establishments usually have an email address with the name of the company for completion.

6- Search forums and ask as many people as you can about the establishment you plan to hire. It is the best way to be calm.


Tips for making the payment

1- If the advertiser wants you to pay immediately and you see that he is in a hurry, be suspicious. Western Union, MoneyGram, Bidpay and the like are the systems of their choice. Although they are legalized ways to pay, they are dangerous because they are the ones used by scammers.

2- Before paying any payment and deposit or deposit, make sure of the return conditions.

3- Payment by credit card is highly recommended. If you want to make a bank transfer, first make sure that the advertiser is legit.


4- Never give out personal and financial information. By this we mean DNI, account number, paypal data, social security number or PIN codes.

Action in case of scam

1- You always have to save the reservation information, all the e-mails and documents that you have received during the reservation process.

2- File a complaint as soon as possible and explain everything that has happened to you. Delete all the data you have from the scammer. You can also report the scam online through www.policia.es/denuncias. You will have to stop by the National Police station to sign it. You can also call 91 582 29 00 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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