Hotel booking scams targeted by bill

hotel signA bill filed in Congress tries to make life harder for what the hotel industry says are con artists stealing online traffic and bookings.

“This bill will reduce fraud and give law enforcement more tools to protect travelers,” said one of the sponsors, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, on Wednesday.

Hotel industry groups claim the problem is hijacking up to 15 million reservations a year worth more than $1 billion.

Sponsors say the Stop Online Booking Scams Act would require third-party hotel booking websites to disclose clearly they are not affiliated with the hotel the traveler is ultimately seeking. Violators would face fines of up to $11,000 per infraction. It would also give more power for state attorneys general to go after violators and encourage federal officials to simplify fraud reporting procedures.

 

 

 

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