WICHITA, Kan. - Uriel Trejo is a student at Wichita State. He says he's skeptical about discounted Spring Break travel offers he gets online. But two of his friends, weren't so careful. They were scammed out of $600 by a fake travel website, promising great deals.
Denise Groene is the State Director for the Kansas Better Business Bureau. She says fly by night scammers pop up during times like Spring Break, steal money, and then shut down. and they know just where to go to target students.
The best advice, do your own homework and check out the average prices other well-known, legitimate travel websites are offering. they should all be pretty similar.
Another tip, according to Groene, is to visit the website www.whois.com, then click on the 'whois' tab. Copy and paste the URL of the travel website you're concerned about. Whois will display when the site was created and who created it. This will give you an idea of whether this is a real site or a "fly by night" scam.