Learn how to avoid common scams and prevent complaints on your next vacation.

Learn how to avoid common scams and prevent complaints on your next vacation.

The Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Complaints Awareness Squad understands that this scam usually starts off with an overly friendly taxi driver who offers to take you to your wanted destination. It could be your hotel, a restaurant, store, or attraction you have been planning on going to. He offers to take you there, sometimes with a low rate as to gain your like and trust. Then you arrive and to his (and your) surprise, your intended destination is closed that day or has gone out of business. But lo-and-behold your driver is there to save the day and just happened to know a great place to take you instead.

Chances are, your original destination is not closed but since you are unfamiliar with the area, you are left to take his word for it. In the meantime the other places he has taken you to is owned by someone he is working with to lure unsuspecting tourists into the trap of being brought to somewhere other than where they are expecting. The Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club Complaints Awareness Squad Awareness Squad warns that usually the prices and rates are inflated and possibly selling fake items. To avoid this make sure to have a good idea of the surrounding area and, if possible, double check to see if your destination is in fact open and ready for your business. Also if a driver tries to suggest something different then your desired destination, be weary and stand firm. Asked to be taken to a known place or back to your original location if the driver is pushy or resistant.