Recent years have not necessarily seen a rise in peopled becoming victims of travel scams, however, scams have become more creative and varied to say the least. One recent update reports a new travel scam that many are falling victim to may not be while traveling abroad but right in your own airport. Do not fall victim to travel scams, instead pay attention and be aware. Know before you go and avoid becoming a victim of any travel scam.
Most of us enjoy traveling with our computers or other mobile and smart devices. In fact, many of us wait, not so patiently, to get to the airport only to get back on line and check our email, or messages or our personal accounts. Understanding this, getting access to a network becomes a priority for many once they arrive at the airport and many more easily become victims of the free wifi at the airport scam. Found in many of the larger U.S. airports, the scam is really quite simple to fall for.
A person logs on to their computer and pulls up available wireless networks. They see the many restricted networks operating in the area and then stumble across one which says simply “free wifi”, you log on. The moment you do this however, you have just become a scam victim. The problem is that when you logged on the the “network”, you were actually logging into an “ad-hoc”.
What is ad-hoc – ad-hoc is a wireless method of communication for wireless devices. Those who operate in ad-hoc have the ability to communicate between each other without a central point.
When you are on an ad-hoc network, you have given him access to everything that you do online including passwords and logins making you vulnerable to attack.
How to Avoid This Scam
Before you login to any network, double check to make sure it is an actual network and not an ad-hoc. Do not trust any wifi network that claims “free access” at any airport.
Tradewinds Vacations Helping Keeping You Safe
Scams can be found anywhere throughout the world in the U.S. or abroad. In order to avoid becoming a victim of scams while you travel, Tradewinds Vacations offers you tips and advice to make you more informed. Know before you go and do your part to avoid becoming a victim while you travel.