This is how to easily lose $4,700 in the Beijing Tea House Scam

The Beijing Tea House Scam is one of the most well-known tourist traps around the Forbidden City. Unfortunately, Lawrence Andrews hadn’t heard of it until he had already become a $4,700 victim.  Read more “This is how to easily lose $4,700 in the Beijing Tea House Scam”

Here it is: The most preposterous hotel smoking fine of all!

David Fuller just got blindsided by a $250 hotel smoking fine. As a nonsmoker, he believes he is a victim of a money-grab scam by the proprietor. And after reviewing the facts of this case, I suspect you will too. Read more “Here it is: The most preposterous hotel smoking fine of all!”

This hotel service fee was a big surprise. I want a refund!

The Pennsylvania Hotel service fee in Maria Florencia Luenzo’s bill came as an unwelcome surprise. Her email confirmation from Getaroom.com suggested that she had already paid all the fees due to the hotel. Read more “This hotel service fee was a big surprise. I want a refund!”

This is how to easily avoid common holiday travel mistakes

At about this time every year, radio and TV producers ask me to go on the air and dispense travel advice. They’ll ask me how to avoid the agony of holiday travel. And at about this time every year, I really want to tell them, “It’s easy: If you want to avoid all holiday travel mistakes and hassles, stay home.” Read more “This is how to easily avoid common holiday travel mistakes”

This is how she quickly lost $1,300 to a stranger on Venmo!

Cindy Baker thought she understood how to use Venmo. She didn’t. Her misunderstanding of the money transfer app led her to send $1,300 from her bank account directly to a virtual stranger. And that person refuses to return it.

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