U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, teamed up with local tourism officials on Tuesday to warn travelers against scammers running fake hotel websites.
The group gathered at Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast in West Palm Beach to raise awareness about consumer warnings issued by the Federal Trade Commission last week.
The Federal Trade Commission warns consumers to be careful when booking directly with a hotel’s website, because some consumers have unknowingly done business with a scammer or rogue vendor instead.
The warning came after members of Congress, including Frankel, asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an immediate investigation into what they call fraudulent online hotel booking sites that have hurt consumers and hotels.
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