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Tourists planning to visit Los Cabos are warned to beware of a hotel scam that has cost people hundreds of dollars.
This week, a local tourist in the Baja California Sur area felt victimized by the scam that cost him nearly 8,000 pesos (about $400). He now encourages people to beware of the scam to prevent future travelers from suffering the same fate.
According to the anonymous person, they originally booked a package through the third-party company “Central Reservations”. The company claimed to work on behalf of the popular hotel chain RIU, which owns a large resort in Los Cabos.
However, the man was alerted that they may not be who they claimed after the company asked him to pay for goods and services they had no intention of complying with .
The victim began the booking process a few days ago, booking a vacation package with the famous hotel which was due to occur between September 24e and September 28e (4 nights). The reservation was for one bedroom, with amenities such as free WiFi and air conditioning.
The alleged reservation was then paid for by the victim by bank transfer, for a total of 7,990 Mexican pesos, which is equivalent to just under 400 US dollars. The man was given a long twelve-digit code which was supposed to be needed to allow entry into the accommodation.
However, when the man then attempted to confirm the reservation directly with the RIU hotel in Los Cabos, he was informed that there was no record of the reservation and that it did not appear to exist. At this point, the victim took to social media to spread the word about the scam.
He also urged the police division that deals with cybercrime in the region to take action in the matter, to protect other tourists. According to the records, this is not the first time a scam like this has happened, both with this fraudulent website for RIU and other booking platforms.
Opinions were divided on social networks, with many Internet users criticizing the situation and hoping to warn family and friends, while encouraging the authorities to fight against such scams. Other reviewers weren’t as sympathetic and criticized the naivety of the man who fell for the scam.
When booking hotels, tours or holiday packages, it is essential to book directly through the supplier’s website or check that a reputable booking site is used, such as booking.com. This can be as simple as looking up reviews of the company online or phoning the hotel directly to make sure they work with the third-party site.
If the rooms or trips seem oddly cheap, that could also be a sign of a scam. Currently, hotel room rates in Los Cabos are at an all-time high and Airbnb properties are charging hundreds of dollars per night, so deals for extremely cheap rooms are likely to be fraudulent.
With the rise of Los Cabos as a luxury destination, prices are rising exponentially, but it’s also great news for scam artists who can take advantage of tourists wanting to visit.
Even tourists visiting in the low season should watch out for scams, when room rates can naturally drop, but Los Cabos is already expecting over 80% hotel occupancy in the next few months, which means remaining rooms will be more in demand and therefore higher. the price.
Other scams tourists should be aware of when visiting Los Cabos include fraudulent tour guides and vendors who operate on the beaches, often overcharging and failing to deliver promised trips.
Tour guides in Los Cabos must always be certified, and on the beaches, licensed vendors wear distinctive uniforms to help tourists identify them.
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