Fraudulent airline websites and other online travel scams have taken more than $74.2 million from Americans since the start of 2020, according to fraud reports collected by the Federal Trade Commission.
As travel begins to rebound, two senators are introducing legislation that would deter online travel booking scams.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Steven Daines, R-Mont., announced the Protecting Consumers from Travel Fraud Act on Thursday.
The legislation aims to protect travelers by requiring the FTC to update its website with information on how to identify and avoid travel scams, and offer policy recommendations for preventing online travel booking scams. The FTC would also need to report scams targeting travelers during the pandemic to Congress.
“As the pandemic comes to an end and people make plans to travel safely once again, we need to ensure consumers are protected from unfair and deceptive practices designed to target…