Costly Case of Mistaken Identity at Fiumicino Airport (and how to prevent it)

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There are many travelers who share same or similar name as yours. Don’t let mistake identity ruin your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

Find out how here:

You booked your Airport Transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Rome, and arrived at at FCO exhausted and jet lagged, making your way out of the insanely busy baggage claim area to meet your private driver with whom you booked your hotel transfer.

You see someone holding a sign with your name….or maybe it looks like your name slightly misspelled. Close enough, these Italians must not be so good at spelling. He must be our driver, let’s go!

Whoa!! Hold on right there!

This is a classic case of Mistaken Identity at Rome Fiumicino Airport.

With tens of thousands of travelers coming through Fiuminicino Airport each day, it’s bound that someone else who shares your last name (or something similar to it) booked a private driver.

It’s so easy to go up to the wrong driver assuming he’s the one you booked with. And not all drivers are quick to realize that you are not the party that he was supposed to pick up.

And off you go…with the wrong driver, to the wrong hotel, for the wrong price.  Should you be worried? You bet!

Likely you booked a transfer company based on recommendations from sources you trust, extensive research, positive reviews on peer review sites, past experience with them, safety record, or other significant reasons.

Now you’ve unknowingly gotten into a vehicle with an unknown driver from an unknown company who thinks you are a different client taking you to a different destination than the one you booked.

Your personal safety could be at risk because you don’t know if this driver operates a legitimate business, his vehicle is properly maintained and insured, is a safe driver with a clean driving record.

All of a sudden, your vacation could be off to a bad start and you don’t even know it!

For your personal safety and well-being, we urge to keep in mind the following tips next time you arrive in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.  

If you booked your Airport Transfer in Rome with Stefano’s Rome Cabs, you would first receive in your confirmation e-mail a link to a video that shows you exactly where to meet your Rome Cabs driver at the airport.

 

 

If you see a driver with a sign bearing your name who is not standing at or near the designated meeting point, he may not your driver.  

During the busy season there may be many drivers standing at the Meeting Point holding signs, so make sure you always look for your name on the signs.

Always make sure the driver you see holding up a sign with your name confirms that s/he is from Rome Cabs, knows your final destination and the quoted price.

A driver from a different company would not have this information, only your correct Rome Cabs driver does. Many SCAMMERS will approach you pretending to be “another ” company and take advantage of trusting travelers. Don’t become a victim.

Imposters and copycats actually COPY legitimate companies’ names on fly by night websites and can even copy a company’s logo and name on Name Cards to trick travelers into approaching them based on mere name recognition.

If you are uncertain about the driver, please call us immediately at the number we provide for you in case of an emergency. Keep that number handy as you should always call us if you’re unable to spot your driver, your arrival flight is late, or you a delayed exiting the baggage area.

You’ve come a long way to get to Rome, don’t let a bad case of mistaken identity ruin your first day here.

For more information on Rome Airport  Transfers from Fiumicino and Ciampino airports and Port Transfers to Civitavecchia, please visit us at www.RomeCabs.com. We look forward to assisting you in making your arrival to Rome a wonderful welcome to the Eternal City.

Do you have any practical travel and safety tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

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~Stefano’s Rome Cabs Team

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How NOT to Become a Victim of Airport Transfer Scams and Impostor Websites in Rome

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Don’t Become a Victim of Airport Transfer Scams and  taken for a ride by Fake and Impostor websites in Rome that copy legitimate companies’ names to dupe and mislead tourists.
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Copycat websites are not new in the World Wide Web we’ve come to depend on for so much. It’s even more devious when it hits international tourists who don’t know the difference between honest and shady companies abroad. Human nature tends to be trusting, after all, if a someone creates a website, provides a service for a fee, and there is no scandal that surrounds them online, it means they are genuinely operating a sound business. That’s not always the case.
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Many companies have invested so much over the years to establish themselves as reliable, recommended and trusted in the industry. Like us, many have cemented a name for themselves based on their sound reputation for operating an honest and dependable business travelers have come to trust and rely on. That’s when fly-by-night unknowns appear on the scene with names and websites very similar to existing companies, and this often confuse travelers in booking with them. How do they do this?
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They use website names suspiciously similar to the established company they’re targeting.  One example of such practice is,  for instance, when you google Rome Cabs, in addition to the official and ONLY Rome Cabs website: www.RomeCabs.com, you will find websites that use variations and added words like transfer or booking after RomeCabs.
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Or they employed SEO techinques so their website headliner may read Rome Cab or RomeCabs, but their website address is something completely different! Always compare the website address to the headliner.
Other scam artists spend money on Google adwords and use our company name in the header to mislead clients thinking we are them!
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Some also create email addresses bearing the same name or suspiciously similar as the company they target….with a @hotmail, @gmail, @yahoo, or any other variations at the end. People who don’t know the difference can be easily mislead and confused.
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 When the name of the company,  their website address and content do not match, be aware.
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HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOURSELVES FROM ONLINE IMPOSTORS and UNRELIABLE COMPANIES?

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There are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of unscrupulous online companies.
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* ALWAYS book your service with established companies that come highly recommended by sources you trust. When it comes to your and your loved ones’ safety, you should not leave anything to chance.

* NEVER blindly google or search the company name online to obtain their website. This is what copycat websites are counting on because here is where people become confused. The title tag above the website can be influenced by key words, and it may not represent the actual company name.

* ALWAYS make sure you have the correct company website address. When you ask for recommendations, make sure you also receive the website address along with the company name.

* ALWAYS contact the company by typing in their official website on your browser, never based on a search engine search.

* If you accidentally click on the wrong website, pay attention to anything that seems off. If you notice:

  • the company name on the website is different
  • the prices are different, the services are different,
  • the website does not look professional
  • or they have non-Italian phone numbers
  • these usually signs that you may be on the wrong website and if you may unintentionally book with the wrong company.

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* NEVER book your car service based on cheap and deeply discounted prices. The way most fly-by-night and impostor websites get clients is by offering very low prices compared to most established companies who invest in quality and safe service. .

Please know that when it comes to private car service you really do get what you pay for. A responsible car service company in Rome cannot survive offering cheap and deeply discounted prices below market value without cutting dangerous corners on vehicle safety and proper maintenance, insurance, quality of service, or even breaking laws.

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When you are booking car service online from unknown companies and websites offering cheap prices, you can get taken for a ride in more ways than one, and worse: you can potentially put your personal safety at risk!

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We have received untold number of calls from desperate travelers stranded at the airport or the cruise port (many of them elderly) because their drivers never showed up. In all these cases, they booked service via cheap copy-cat websites thinking they booked with the REAL Rome Cabs.
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Fly-by-night and copycat websites typically have nothing to lose since they do not depend on their reputation and word of mouth for their business. They often operate on multiple websites, so if they garner enough bad reputation online via one website, they simply shut it down and open another.
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Don’t become a victim of online impostors and unscrupulous companies no matter what type of service you are seeking, protect yourselves and your loved ones on your trips abroad. After all, safety first! There are many honest, established and reputable companies to chose from, so which ever company you select to book with, do so only after careful consideration based on reliable information, and with diligence in making sure you are booking with the intended company.
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For more information on Rome Cabs Transfer to the Airport and Civitavecchia, Tours, and Shore Excursions from Italy’s top Ports of Call, please visit us at www.RomeCabs.com.
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You may also visit our sister company, Stefano Rome Tours, for more exciting Tours and Shore Excursions in Rome and beyond: www.StefanoRomeTours.com
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Do you have any tips to share that helps travelers abroad? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

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We thank you for visiting our blog, and we look forward to being of service to you in the future. See you soon in Italy!

~The RomeCabs Team.

How Not to Miss Your Ship and Get Your Cruise Off to a Great Start!

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs travel blog.

In this travel article we address a common question: how not to Miss Your Ship and Get Your Cruise off to a Great Start!


Arriving late and missing your ship can and does happen, and it potentially ruins your vacation because trying to catch up with your ship at the next port of call is never easy.  Usually this misfortune happens when you book your arrival flight on the same day as your ship’s departure.
It takes approximately one hour (pending traffic conditions) from Fiumicino Airport to the Port of Civitavecchia, but even if you have a few hours in between and think you have plenty of time, in all reality any slight flight delay can result in missing your ship.
Even if your flight arrives on time, other things can go wrong. If your luggage is delayed and due to arrive on a different flight after your ship’s departure, it probably won’t find you during your cruise.
And if your luggage gets lost not only you may not have enough time to file the appropriate paperwork for missing luggage, but you won’t have time for any last minute shopping for important items, leaving you having to rely on what’s aboard the ship and make do without your personal belongings.

Ok, so your flight and luggage arrived on time. Great!!! Still, you’ll be arriving in Rome jetlagged and exhausted after a long transcontinental flight. Instead of celebrating your first evening on your cruise, you’ll be spending it in your cabin recuperating from your journey and missing out on enjoyable activities.

With Rome being a top travel destination in Europe with so many incredible things to offer, why not spend a couple of days pre-cruise in the Eternal City to rest, taken in the sights, have lunch at an outdoor cafe, and get get your vacation off to a relaxed and fantastic start. And if you and your luggage arrive in Rome late, you have nothing to lose.

Our advise is: Arrive in Rome at least one day before your cruise departs.

* It relieves the stress of flight and luggage delays.
* Eliminates the risk of missing your ship.
* You have the opportunity to enjoy Rome.
* You will begin your cruise relaxed and refreshed.

For Airport and Port Transfers, Day Trips from Rome, and Shore Excursions from Civitavecchia, Naples and Livorno, please visit us at www.RomeCabs.com.

We’d like to invite you to also visit our sister company, Stefano Rome Tours, for more exciting Tours and Shore Excursions in and around Rome: www.StefanoRomeTours.com.

We are more than happy to assist you with your tour and transfer needs and help make your visit to Italy the vacation of a lifetime!

Do you have any practical travel tips and ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

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Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon in Italy!!

~The Rome Cabs Team