Knowing how scammers work can help you to protect yourself against fraud. So read about the latest and most common types of fraud:
What are holiday scams?
This is when scammers sell you flights, accommodation or holidays that don’t exist.
Holiday scams are on the up. People are being scammed out of millions of pounds a year and are often left with nowhere to stay when they arrive in their destination.
One of the biggest scams is on accommodation websites. You search for a villa, apartment or mobile home and find your perfect retreat. It looks great, so you email the owner. But instead of paying through the holiday accommodation website, they ask you to pay straight into their account by direct bank transfer – often enticing you with a discount. But the advert and photos are fake.
You can also be ripped off by bogus travel websites, selling discount package holidays. The websites can look like the real deal, some even claim to have ATOL protection. They might post you a glossy brochure, too. But you only realise it’s a con when your flight documents fail to materialise, or you get to the airport and can’t check in with your booking information. And by then, the website has closed down.
Have I been scammed?
Thinking about booking a flight, accommodation or a package holiday? Make sure you do your homework before you pack your bags.
Unfortunately, with this type of fraud, you probably won’t realise you’ve been scammed until you arrive at the airport or in your holiday destination.