Here’s how to stop fraudsters turning your dream-holiday plans into a nightmare
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Planning a holiday is one of life’s most exciting joys, so it can be heartbreaking to discover that your big break doesn’t really exist and you’ve in fact been the victim of a scam.
Would-be holidaymakers and travellers were conned out of £7(AED32.74) million by fraudsters in 2018, according to Action Fraud. The average amount lost was £1,380(AED6455.19) per person – but as well as the financial cost, victims have also reported the significant emotional impact caused by this crime.
Over half (53%) of the crimes reported were related to the sale of airline tickets. The next most common fraud related to the sale of accommodation. What’s more, the actual total number of losses relating to travel fraud may be even higher, with many victims feeling too embarrassed to report what happened.
1. Stay safe online
Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name – such as going from .co.uk to .org.
7. Check the paperwork
You should study receipts, invoices, as well as terms and conditions. Be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all. When booking through a holiday club or timeshare, consider getting the contract thoroughly vetted by a solicitor before signing up.
8. Get help and report any suspect contact
Victims should contact their bank and report it to Action Fraud.
For more advice on how to stay safe when booking or researching travel online, visit getsafeonline.org/shopping-banking/holiday-and-travel-booking