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Consumer Alert: How to spot a bogus travel package

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Imagine finding a travel package to a tropical paradise for only $300 to $500.

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"These packages were deeply discounted. Normally, trips like these would cost around $1,000 or so," said US Postal Inspector Brian Haraway.

What sounded too good to be true really was.

"There were many instances where victims found out just one or two days before that there were no travel packages and they were deeply disappointed," Haraway said.

Postal inspectors began tracking more complaints. In one instance, relatives booked a trip for a family reunion, only to find out their trip was never booked.

More than 24,000 bogus travel packages were sold nationwide. Total losses added up to $12 million.

"The business was under surveillance, a search was conducted at the business location and we were able to follow the scam and found out who was victimized," Haraway said.

Unfortunately, vacation scams are everywhere. Protect yourself by following tips from the National Consumers League.

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