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Posted by ZihuaRob from 184.108.40.206 (dup-200-65-171-43.prodigy.net.mx) on lunes, diciembre 08, 2003 at 23:32:28 :
In Reply to: Warning about internet hotel reservations posted by Lucia from 220.127.116.11 (dsl-201-128-68-248.prod-infinitum.com.mx) on lunes, diciembre 08, 2003 at 22:55:29 :
Thanks, Lucia, for posting this since I know this has happened to local hotels as well as their potential visitors.
The Internet has enabled many scammers to do this via the search engines. A search for "ixtapa hotels" on Google, for example, turns up pages upon pages of results, but very few local hotel web sites are among those results; the majority of search results being "reservations services" spam (multiple pages for the same service or site), possibly and probably including several of the type of scammers that you mentioned. Many local hotel pages are there, but mostly buried under the irrelavent and often misleading results thanks to unscrupulous practices by SEO specialists, webmasters, and their clients.
Lucia gives excellent advice!
íMuchas gracias, Lucia!
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