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Mississippi falls victim to hotel booking scam

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Have you heard of the hotel booking scam that has been frustrating and robbing consumers across the nation, including Mississippi?

The way the scam work is you search for a hotel online through the search engine and not always does the actual hotel's website come up first, but a link that looks like it does.

You click the link and get directed to a page that looks like the hotel's website, with a website that includes the hotel's name.

Without realizing it, you have booked through a 3rd party site. The end result is consumers don't get what they want or need, like disability access, two double beds, rewards points, ability to cancel or sometimes they will show up at the hotel and there is no record of their reservation.

On Friday, all of Florida's 32 US Congress Members wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking that they step in to stop this before any more consumers fall victim to it. Just weeks ago, Sen. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee also wrote a letter to the FTC and the Arizona US House Delegation wrote a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to work with the FTC to stop this.

Mississippi legislators are getting wind of this and we are hoping they will soon step up to protect their constituents from this danger as well.

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