Consumer Alert: Want to take a trip? Scammers want your money. Here’s what to look for.

Deanna Dewberry
Updated: March 15, 2021 08:29 PM
Created: March 15, 2021 05:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — For your consumer alert it’s “spring break or bust!” That was the headline this weekend in USA Today. For the last four days, more than 1 million virus-weary vacationers passed through America's airports. But here's the deal. The scammers know you're ready to take flight, and they're ready for you. I'm here to make sure you’re ready for them.

A record number of Americans took flight on Sunday (1.34 million), and even more hit airports on Friday (1.36 million). These are the highest numbers we've seen since the pandemic's descent a year ago.

That means more of you have been applying for one of these, TSA PreCheck and Global Entry.

TSA PreCheck allows low-risk flyers to skip the lines. Instead, you go through designated checkpoints where you don't have to remove your shoes, belt, jacket, laptop or liquids. It's literally an airport fast pass. Global Entry is your fast pass for international travel.

The Better Business Bureau warns scammers are creating sites that either "impersonate the government department or offer to do all the paperwork for you."

Instead, thieves may steal your money and personal information but never file the paperwork.

Here's how you know you're on the legitimate government website: The URL starts with https://, ends with .gov and there's a lock icon indicating the page is secure.

The application fee is $85 for TSA PreCheck and $100 for Global Entry. And if you get Global Entry, TSA PreCheck is included. So if you do any international travel, it's worth the extra $15.

But I'm always trying to save you money. And I found a fantastic article written by The Points Guy, a Dallas-based travel expert I’ve interviewed many times. He reminds us that many credit cards offer a credit for that hundred-dollar fee every few years. Here’s his list:


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