Be afraid of your desires. Including the desire to save money. Including when you are going on a trip. In an effort to find the best deals (tours, hotels, flights), we often prefer low prices, sometimes to the detriment of reliability.
Experience shows that it is better to use the services of a reliable company, proven by many tourists, even this way seems a little expensive. In an effort to save money, sometimes you can lose more (money) and ruin your vacation.
From recent cases.
Oahu entrepreneur Wendy Tenedora Wong pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to failed clients (mostly in California). Wendy Tenedora Wong, who called herself the "Hawaiian Virtual Travel Consultant", owned the House of Aloha Hawaii travel booking company. The company was based in Ewa Beach, Oahu (Hawaii) and offered services to tourists who wanted to vacation in Hawaii. Many tourists paid but did not receive services. Their vacation was ruined.
Most likely, this would not have happened if tourists used the services of world-famous companies.
There is no need to abandon the trip, fearing possible difficulties. Just be careful when you travel, especially when you're heading far from home. And be sure to buy travel insurance when you go on a difficult trip or to another country.
Another example from practice. Fraudsters sometimes create fake websites for well-known companies. For example, fake websites of hotels or travel agencies. Carefully check all the details when paying for services in advance, online. Use only trusted websites.
Here you will find links to useful online services for travelers. Travel tips and tricks.