It isn’t your imagination. We’ve been talking about scams a lot, including this week’s Newsweek exposé on travel fraud, my Mint.com post on what I call “uppercase” holiday scams and the eternal question: Is this a scam? The reason? My new book, Scammed: How to Save Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals is only days away from being published. You can order your copy right here.
Win a weekend rental from Hertz! Tell me about the worst scam you’ve ever fallen for — or almost fallen for — and you could win a weekend certificate for a midsize car rental from Hertz. (And no, it’s not a scam.) The rules are simple: Between now and the next newsletter on Tuesday morning, send me your true story of being scammed on anything — not just travel — and we’ll vote on the finalists right here. Runner-ups will get a free copy of my new book.
The Expedia ticket vouchers that never existed
When Joseph Barclay cancels his flight to Paraguay, his online travel agency issues a voucher that can be used within a year. But now the company claims there is no voucher. Is the money lost?
The 10 worst travel scams ever
Ever had the sense that the gold ring you bought from a street vendor may be a few karats short of the real thing, or that the cabdriver who claims his meter is broken has overcharged you? If so, you wouldn’t be alone.
Bad Santa! 3 Perfectly Legitimate Holiday Scams To Watch For
The fake Santas and the fraudsters with empty gas cans are relatively easy to spot, as I mentioned last week. But what about the businesses that scam you “legally”? Oh, they’re out there.
No damage to rental car, but they called a collection agency anyway
Richard Hartman rented a car from Alamo in Montreal this summer. It’s a decision he regrets. Find out how his case ends. Read more.
Ridiculous or not? Form letters that fail
I’ve waged a long and lonely campaign against mindless form letters sent to customers by uncaring corporations. It looks like I’m not alone. Read more.
What’s your problem? A slippery component that destroyed my PC
While Andre Klass is installing a computer, the chassis malfunctions, damaging the custom PC. Neither the reseller nor the manufacturer will take responsibility. Where, exactly, does the buck stop? Read more on On Your Side.
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