How to identify a fake travel agency

The past few months have been a season of relocation. Many Nigerians have left the country for various personal reasons in search of greener pastures. Most people are still considering moving to other countries from Nigeria.

However, it is no longer news that many criminals will want to take advantage of this foreign rush season to defraud a large number of people.

It will not be a good experience to lose millions of naira to bogus travel agents. That’s why you need to pay attention to a number of things when looking for travel agents so that you don’t fall victim.

Below are some things you should do when looking for travel agents.

1. Educate yourself and do your research

Before researching travel agents, get as much information as possible. Find out from the people around you and those who have gone through the same process.

After finding a travel agent, you need to make sure that the agent provides you with facts about your trip and all other information related to it.

Compare the agent’s information with what you gathered. Thanks to this, you will be able to spot fake agents through false information.

Your agent should be able to give you adequate information regarding your itinerary and other travel costs related to your trip.

If your agent makes less than that, it could be a red flag that you should remove from these transactions before you get scammed out of your money.

2. Beware of Accredited Agents

This is proof that such a business organization is genuine and trustworthy. Accreditation shows that the company is a legitimate business organization and gives you more confidence that you are in good hands.

If there’s no proof of documentation or accreditation, make sure you’re about to get screwed. You can go so far as to ask people who have used the same travel agents before to be sure. A legitimate travel agent must be approved by the accredited agency that has been set up.

Do not do business with a travel agent who does not have proof of accreditation.

3. Office Address

Most fake travel agencies either don’t have an office or do business in shady areas. You should be extra careful when dealing with travel agents. A travel agency must have staff and workers who work for the company.

A travel agency without an address can be extremely risky. This will make it difficult for you to track them down when you are scammed. Avoid doing business with them at home or in dark places.

4. Beware of outrageous discounts

There is a popular saying in Nigeria that goes “awof dey ru beautiful”. When a travel agent offers you an unrealistic travel cost, that should be a red flag for you.

You have to be realistic, especially when your travel agent claims to help you by offering alternatives. This alternative could get you in trouble.

Many travel agents advise travelers to travel by sea, passing through deserts to reduce the cost of travel or flight costs. Most travelers end up with bitter experiences. Beware of free travel or flights.

Whenever you notice your travel agent suggesting possible solutions that are too real to be true, do your research and ask people’s opinions before accepting such an offer.

5. Beware of agreements

It is very important that you read all documents given to you by your travel agents before signing or completing any form.

If you notice that you are being asked to sign an agreement that gives up your freedom or rights, then you should know that something is wrong.

Travel agents can detect people who are desperate to travel, so they tend to use it as a tool to manipulate you. They make you sign agreements that could threaten your life and that of those around you.


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