3 Reasons Why People Fall For Travel Scammers

With the raise on International Travel demands in Nigeria, it is necessary to talk about why many fall prey of fraudulent person(s) disguised as travel agents/agencies. According to a publication by The Sun newspaper in July 2018, “…about 40% of intending Nigerian Travellers…” fall victim of travel fraudsters or scammers as we usually call them. These Scammers promise their victims the “Paradise experience” but at the end of the day, they are left in pain and regret whilst many may never fully recover from the loss they incurred in the process.
So let us talk about the 3likely reasons why people fall for Travel Scammers and 3 set of people that would most likely fall Victims of their Scam.

Fear Because it’s Your First Time (First Time Travellers)
Many first time travellers mostly fall victim of these scammers. In the bid to find greener pastures (Education, Career or Business), travelling abroad seems to be the better option that many, especially young people jump at. Looking at the challenges that comes with the process of documentation and traveling, most turn to travel agents/agencies for help. Consulting a travel agent/agency is actually a good idea considering the fact that they understand the rudiments of travelling and the processes required for different countries. However, every first time traveller needs to do enough research to get necessary information. Information about the country you intend travelling to, the necessary documents to aid the process and most importantly the credibility of the Travel agent/agency you intend to use. Don’t be naïve. Many agents/agencies use that against you and unduly exploit you.

Love for Cheap Things (Cheap Thrills Lovers)
Many intending travellers are in search of cheap travelling options. Some of these people don’t really have an idea what it really takes to travel out of the country so when an agent/agency give them some deals that are “too good to be true” they jump at it immediately. People who mostly fall for these type of scam are mostly those who are not really educated, middle-age and elderly people most of whom just want a better life. One fact we should understand is, travelling abroad cost money and the price differs depending on the country you intend travelling to. With the current COVID 19 restrictions around the world, international travel is even more expensive than it used to be. So when someone comes telling you they can get you US Visa and Book you a flight all for #500,000, know you are about to enter “one chance”. Personal advice, like we say in Nigeria, “Awoof dey run belle”. Run from agents/agencies that offer you larger than life options.

Shortcut Lovers (Impatient Ones)
The difference between these set of people and the “Cheap Thrill Lovers” is that these set want to travel “as soon as possible” and “by all means”. Often times they don’t care how much they spend in as much as they get to travel. These are the type of travellers who want to get US/UK Visa in one week without attending any interview. They fall into the hand of scammers and most of the time they regret it. As an intending traveller, you should understand that processing and making proper travelling arrangements may take some time (depending on your kind of travel plan) but going through the right channel will ensure that you have an enjoyable and hitch free travel and stay in your destination. Travel Scammers have cost some of their victims losses that some of them may never recover from. Some are sent back home on arrival, some are deported after a short stay and some even bagged jail terms on account of fake documentation and poor travel plans.

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Travel Smart in 2021

2020 was indeed a year. COVID-19 took us all by surprise and we were not in any way prepared for the challenges that came with the year. 2021 is here but we still have a spillover of issues from 2020.
Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is still on the raise in so many countries. As of 20 January 2021, there are 94.9 million cases globally (according to WHO). American and European countries have the highest cases while African and western Pacific countries have minimal cases. Countries like Thailand, Syria and Cape Verde are close to foreigners while many others have strict travel restrictions for travelers.
Countries like the USA, Canada and some European Countries would allow returning citizens and also foreigners with valid Visas in as much as they are able to fulfill the travel requirements.
Most international Travelers are required to present negative COVID-19 PCR test results (mostly not more than 72 hours before arrival) and in some cases travelers will need medical insurance which can cover their COVID-19 treatment. For many countries you may also be required to quarantine for about 14 days. First time travelers may have to up their game during the application process as many countries and not open to new applications.

However, some countries are opening the window of applications for specific professionals like those in the medical line (Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapist etc), Engineers, Teachers and the likes. Applying via these windows can offer new applicants leverage.
For intending international students, getting admission should not get you overly excited as you may have to begin your studies online and travel at a later date depending on the institution and the country you intend to travel with.
With all the daily changes and regulations as regarding traveling, you may get discouraged or confused as to how to go about your travel plans.

Why not make Ibitees Travels your travel plug in 2021. We have up to date information about VISA processing and traveling related regulations for any country of your choice. We will guide you through the process step by step, for VISA application to flight books, to COVID-19 Tests until you arrive successfully at your desired destination.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that from January to October 2020, US$935 billion in export revenues was lost in the international tourism sector globally?
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the sector so badly causing the world to lose 10.5% of income generated from the sector worldwide. This is probably the most loss that the sector has ever incurred on a global scale.