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Free isn't always good: Travel scams to watch out for

About to go on a vacation? This graphic may give you the help you need to avoid scams.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: July 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014

It’s summertime in America, which means it’s also time to travel.

Overall, two-thirds of Americans are planning to spend part of their summer traveling on vacation. According to AAA, about 36 million Americans traveled during the Memorial Day weekend.

“As we enter into the summer travel season with warmer temperatures and tulips in bloom, thoughts of historic cold are still fresh in the minds of Americans in many parts of the country, said Marshall L. Doney, AAA chief operating officer, in a statement.

But Americans should be weary. Not all is quiet on the traveling front. This imgur user, for example, posted a photo of many ways that Americans tourists can be scammed and taken advantage of while away from home.

One example includes “Rose for your girlfriend,” where someone will approach you and your significant other, offer a rose for an expensive fee and pressure you into buying it for them. This is commonly found in France, Spain and Italy.

In New York City, a common scam — called “The music artist” — includes someone approaching you with a music CD and asking you to buy it to help their musical career. If you fail, the artist and any friends with them will approach and intimidate you into paying for the album.

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