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Beware of cruise ship scams

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Office of the Attorney General is warning the public to beware of cruise ship scams.  The  AG's consumer protection unit received two phone calls from consumers claiming an alleged representative of Aloha Travel Cruise Ship told them they had won $130,000. The representative purported the cruise ship was set to dock at the Hagatna boat basin. Consumer protection unit advocate Bernie Alvarez states, "It is not possible for a cruise ship to dock at Boat Basin." The only port of entry for cruise ships is at the Port Authority of Guam.

Over the last few months, residents have been contacted by various travel agencies – largely Malaysian based – inviting them to promotion parties at various beaches around the island where it's claimed cash prizes will be awarded to them. AG Leonardo Rapadas states, "I cannot stress this point more; if it sounds too good to be true, it is. You are strongly advised not to comply with such solicitations; it could put you in a terrible financial situation. Hang up immediately if it sounds too good to be true."

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