Better Business Bureau warns travelers of fraudulent sites

The BBB said some are impersonating government sites or claim to process TSA precheck or global entry applications, but instead gain access to personal information.
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That travel alert as more Americans take to the skies, the new warning from the better business bureau about websites preying on people making those plans. Transportation correspondent gio Benitez is at Laguardia airport with those details. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Amy, good morning. The better business bureau is telling us they're seeing more of these websites sounding the alarm because your information could be at risk. This morning, as millions take to the skies with more and more people traveling, an urgent warning from the better business bureau saying some fraudulent websites are either impersonating government websites or are claiming to process your TSA precheck or global entry applications only to instead access your personal information and money. They have noticed a real uptick in government impostor sites that look like global entry or one of the other trusted programs. Reporter: TSA precheck lets you go through shorter lines. Global entry expedites border crossings when traveling internationally. Both are managed by the department of homeland security. But according to the bbb, the problematic websites on line are charging top dollar to allegedly help process your applications, only to not follow through with One of the most dangerous parts is the information you have to share in order to get a global entry pass is everything that a scammer needs for identity theft. Your name, your address, your birth date, your social security number. Even your passport number. Reporter: Diane says she went- to one of those websites which she thought was real. The website says in several places that they are a private company. But take a look at global entry's official website on the left and the website she visited on the right. They look similar. I design websites for a living. Everything was very convincing. She says she paid $230 and handed over five years' worth of her personal information like former addresses and employers. But later she discovered the website simply disappeared. She says she still hasn't gotten her money back. Basically they have all my information so they can open any credit card they want, can make transactions with my name. Reporter: And officials say giving that information to a third party really puts you at risk so urge you to go through the official dhs website to sign up for these programs, Amy. So frightening. There are several government sites that will get you there officially. Yeah, you could use the TSA website, but that application will always live on dhs.gov so look for the dot gov address. It's the trusted traveler program, what you want to look for and you can use that application to sign up for an in-person interview and make an appointment. Dot gov, very important to remember. Coming up next jack Hanna's

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