DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) – Don’t fall victim to scammers out there trying to take advantage of your fun time and your bank account during spring break.
At the Better Business Bureau of Iowa they say you need to plan like a scammer.
Make sure you do all your research before you finalize anything.
A huge concern for staff at the BBB is that a lot of college students rely on their phones and are constantly searching for free wifi.
Experts are warning to never log onto free wifi at vacation spots.
“And when people are trying to look for cheap free wifi that’s when they, often, get in trouble,” explains Chris Coleman, president at BBB of Iowa. “We see that as a primary concern for young people on spring break because they’re so dependent on their phones and connectivity.”
If a scammer gets ahold of all the info in your phone that can lead to them gaining access to passwords and bank accounts.
Coleman suggests erasing all private information off of your cell phone before traveling.
If you plan on traveling out of the country, make sure you have a copy of your passport hidden somewhere in case you lose it or it gets stolen.
To make sure you are staying and visiting somewhere safe visit bbb.org and use their search engine to check any company name, website, and phone number to make sure they are legit.