Fake Hotel Booking Sites Stir Travel Turmoil

It's easy to make a mistake when you book a hotel reservation online. In fact, scammers and dishonest businesses are counting on it. The Federal Trade Commission warned in a recent blog post that "Just because a webpage looks like the official site of your favorite hotel chain doesn't mean it is."
Unlike legitimate resellers, these fake sites use the logos and pictures from the hotel - without permission - to trick travelers into thinking they are on the hotel's website. As bait, they often advertise very low prices, but then add hidden fees that inflate the cost of a stay or take the deposit for a room they never book.