Spring Break has arrived, and so have the scams

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati is working to keep students safe as Spring Break approaches later this month.

The quarter will be ending at UC in the next few weeks and thousands of students will be going on vacation for Spring Break. It's a known tradition for college students to head someplace warm and sunny for break, and they are always looking for the best deals.

There is a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon to help warn student travelers. The meeting is meant to teach students how to protect themselves from scam artists.

For many, the pre-planning has already begun, and the Better Business Bureau is warning students about scams and "Amazing Deals" that could end up ruining their vacation. They want students to know that the cheapest deals, aren't always the best deals.

E-mails and phone calls will offer amazing deals on your favorite destination, and it may not be the best choice. Before turning over your cash, credit card numbers and other personal information, watch out for signs of that offer being a scam.

Thursday, school officials and the Better Business Bureau hope to educate students and keep their credit in tact.

The forum will start Thursday at 12 p.m. inside the Tangeman University Center Atrium on UC's campus.

They say you can sniff out a scam by staying alert for suspicious signs. Offers that require you to wait at least 60 days before taking your trip, ask for payment to be sent via overnight mail or by messenger, or are sold using high-pressure sales tactics are often major signs of that offer being a scam.

Officials say that if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

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