Hackers targeting people planning summer vacations

(NBC) — Summer is almost here, and experts say people should take precautions when booking their summer travel plans online.

They say cyber-criminals are taking advantage of risky travel booking habits.

According to McAfee, one in five Americans have been scammed, or nearly scammed, while booking a vacation online.

The computer security company finds the most popular summer destinations in Mexico, Europe and Canada have the riskiest search results.

The riskiest searches are Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Venice, Italy and Canmore, Canada.

Bargain hunters are also the most at-risk, according to McAfee. Nearly a third of victims were scammed after finding a deal that seemed too good to be true.

Security experts say to help avoid hackers, only click on verified websites. Also, use trusted platforms and verified payment methods when finalizing any bookings.

 

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