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5 of the world's worst travel scams guaranteed to cost you BIG

5 of the world's worst travel scams guaranteed to cost you BIG
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Some of our best memories come from traveling. Whether you're visiting a nearby city or state or hopping across the pond, it's always fun to get out there and experience new things.

Unfortunately, no matter where you go, there are always scammers out there. They look for ways to take advantage of you and can wind up costing you thousands. So, before you head out for your next trip, study up on these common scams aimed at travelers.

1. Rigged baggage scales

Finding the best flight for your trip is hard work. On top of that, airports can be stressful. First stop? The ticketing counter. Here, you get your tickets and check your bags, which could be the most frustrating part.

Airlines charge an arm and a leg in baggage fees. Checked bags range between $20 to $45 and there's usually an additional average of $25 for overweight bags, and could go up to $100 in fees if your bag is that heavy (up to 100 pounds).

Those aren't easy fees to sneer at, so if your bags are over by a pound or two, the shuffle begins. Your daughter's hoodie gets transferred to your own suitcase, and your son's luggage now holds two extra pairs of shoes. But what if the problem was with the airport's scales and not your bags?

Tip within a tip: Rigged baggage scales aren't the only ways you can be scammed at the airport. Click here to see what can happen if you're not paying attention when your luggage goes through the security screen scanner.

Scales age just like any other piece of technology. If not properly maintained or cared for, a scale could easily malfunction, lose accuracy and add or subtract weight as it pleases.

It's not a new problem, local media in Phoenix reported on the problem back in 2011, but with summer travel season here and in full swing, a friendly reminder couldn't hurt.

Avoiding this scam: When you arrive at the ticketing booth, make sure that the scale reads "0" before you put your luggage on it. If you are over and are still worried about the scale, demand that it is weighed on another one of the scales, which have also been zeroed out.

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