BBB warns travelers of scammers creating lookalike websites

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- Preparing to travel again? With the COVID-19 vaccine efforts increasing, people are beginning to plan future vacations and work travel.

However, the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau says con artists are already on the trend by creating lookalike traveler program websites.

For many frequent travelers, BBB says preparation involves renewing their enrollment in Trusted Traveler programs, such as TSA precheck or Global Entry.

If you do a web search for one of the programs that are designed to help speed travelers through airport security, your web browser can display a list of results. The scam websites are designed to look just like the official websites.

BBB says the websites will offer a third-party company that either impersonates the government department or offers to do all the paperwork for you.

The sites might charge you the cost of the application fee, plus a hefty service fee to cover the cost of their supposed help, BBB says.

In addition, the website will request sensitive and personal information, including your full name, passport number, and home address.

Here is how you protect yourself

BBB says to double check the URL before you enter personal and payment information.

Secure links start with "https://" and include a lock icon on the purchase page, according to BBB.

In the United States, all government websites end in ".gov".

BBB also says fraudulent charges made on a credit card can usually be disputed. Unfortunately, you can not get back personal information you may have shared.

To learn more information on lookalike websites, click here

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