State regulators in Florida issue alert on vacation scams

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 12:42:01-04

State financial regulators issued a warning Monday to Floridians and tourists to be on guard for vacation and travel scams.

The Office of Financial Regulation posted the "consumer alert" regarding vacation rental, sweepstakes and social-media vacation scams that seek large upfront deposits, request personal information or ask for fees to be paid by a wire transfer or prepaid debt card.

The state office advises people making vacation or travel plans to be wary of the word "free," check the company's direct website and verify a company's license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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