ROME (Reuters) – You can save on your car rental or gas payments when it comes to the cost of your journey.
And you can use online travel services to make sure you are on the road when it counts, experts say.
“If you can’t use any of the services we have, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed and miss out,” said Paulo Cappellucci, a consultant who advises companies on how to plan and manage trips.
“We know the risks involved in planning your trip, so you need to have an open mind.”
In this case, Cappllucci said it is easier to buy cheaper flights from Europe to Europe than to book a cheaper trip from Italy to Italy, even though it is cheaper to fly in Italy, with a longer journey.
But it is important to be aware of the risks that come with taking online travel.
“It’s not like you are going to be in a taxi with the people who are on your journey,” he said.
“The risk is there.”
So far, there have been no official statistics from Italy on how many of its citizens have fallen victim to the online fraudsters.
The Italian government has launched a joint investigation with the National Police, National Fraud Office, the Criminal Investigation Department and the National Anti-Fraud Agency.
In an interview, police chief Andrea Caserta said authorities were working with local authorities to catch those responsible for the scheme, known as lorries on wheels, to bring to justice.
“The lorri-on-wheels scheme is not only against the law, it is also against public morals and our moral values,” Casertae said.
The scheme was uncovered by a joint operation by the National Investigations Agency, the National Prosecutor General and the Federal Police.
It involved the online booking of a flight, with the driver and passenger booked through a company called GoJet.
The company was then used to book flights for those who could not afford to travel on their own, the company said in a statement.
The investigation also revealed that at least one lorry on wheels was used in a scam in September, when the owner of the vehicle was charged with fraud and money laundering.
In September, the owner was arrested and is due to appear in court on Tuesday.
Casertae declined to say whether there had been any successful prosecutions of the lorry-on, wheeler scheme.
“This is a very serious case, and we will continue to fight against this,” he told Reuters.
In a statement on Monday, GoJet said the scheme was a result of the internet being “unfair and unreliable”.
“GoJet has no control over what the internet or any other websites say,” it said.
“For example, we can not control what other websites you visit and read.
And it is completely our responsibility to protect customers’ security.”
Cappellucis advice: Avoid booking a flight through an online booking agency, or using an online flight booking website that offers a lower rate.
If you use a service like JetBlue or Virgin, check their terms of service and make sure they are compliant with the law.
“If you are in the market for a new car, then you can make sure that you have a reliable car hire agent in your area.”
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