County offers free travel tips

30 Apr 2019 | 11:43

    The Sussex County Prosecutor's Office released the following tips for those who plan to travel.
    Hotel Room Scam
    You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card for any charges to your room. You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620-which happens to be your room. The phone rings in your room.
    You answer and the person on the other end says the following: This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your Credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card. Not thinking anything is wrong since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige. But actually it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number then ask you for your credit card and address information. They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.
    If this happens to you tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problem. Then go to the front desk and ask them if there is a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information acting like a front desk employee.
    OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council) Travel Tips
    Preparing for travel abroad will result in greater safety for you and your companions.
    Find out the currency exchange rate in the country you will be visiting. 70 Indian Rupees! That's about 65 Russian Rubles or about 1 U.S. dollar in spring, 2019.
    Notify your bank and credit card issuers of your travel plans including destinations and travel dates.
    Exchange some currency at the airport in case restaurants and transportation don't take debit/credit cards.
    Carry medicines and hygiene products in your carry on in case your luggage is lost at the airport.
    Don't bring clothing with religious or political views or clothing stating where you're from.
    Bring copies of your important documents, passports, visas, licenses, hotel addresses, and embassy address.
    Bring a paper map of the country and city you will be staying in because technology might not work at your destination.
    Check with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for recommended vaccinations.
    Find out if your medical insurance will cover you overseas. Medicare may not!.
    Find out if your prescription drugs are legal and available in the country of your destination.
    Check the crime rate in the country/city you're traveling to.
    Stay clear of political rallies and or parades.
    Don't accept food and or beverages from strangers.
    Always be alert and aware, keep your cell phone, wallet, copies of your passport/visa in your front pockets.
    When taking transportation, discuss the price with the person in charge before you get in the vehicle.
    If you have a rental car, make sure you have the appropriate documentation (license, insurance) with you.
    Make sure your vehicle fits in with the town people; you don't want to appear as a tourist.
    Check for reviews when booking a hotel.
    Try to find a hotel near activities you want to do.
    When you get into your room, check under the beds, behind closed doors, bathrooms, etc.
    Use the safe box in your hotel room for your important belongings, visa/passports, jewelry, technology items.
    Don't bring guests back to your hotel room.
    Always lock your room, even when you are in it.
    If you travel with technology, to prevent system hacking avoid the free Wi-Fi.
    If you are detained, contact the embassy.