Don’t Fall Victim to Holiday Fraud

Nearly 5,000 people in the UK fell foul of holiday fraudsters in 2017 says Action Fraud in a recent report.

Holiday booking fraudAccording to the report the average sum lost per person was up 25% (over £1,500) on 2016. As well as the financial loss, victims’ health and wellbeing was also affected to the extent that some treated medical treatment or faced bankruptcy. Travel fraud is most frequent during peak holiday times such as summer and December so holiday makers need to be aware of this.

Typical examples of holiday booking fraud

Action Fraud received the following examples of holiday booking fraud in 2017:

  • Fraudulent websites, advertisements and social media posts promoting holiday accommodation.
  • Airline tickets booked online that are never delivered.
  • Higher instances of fraud for sports and religious trips due to high prices of limited availability tickets.
  • Fraudulent mobile home/caravan holidays.

Tips for avoiding travel booking fraud

Here are some guidelines if you want to avoid being a victim of travel fraud:

  • Be more aware of your online security. Check and verify any websites you visit and are making a booking with.
  • Thoroughly research any companies you are considering booking a holiday with.
  • Ensure any companies you do book with are members of ABTA. Check if they are members by visiting ABTA or ATOL.
  • Try to make online payments using a credit card.
  • Read Terms and Conditions thoroughly and make sure you understand them.
  • Report anything you suspect may be fraudulent to Action Fraud.

While the cat’s away…

If you are like the majority of holidaymakers you will enjoy a fantastic holiday or short break away with peace of mind you’re using reputable companies to make your travel and accommodation arrangements. We’d hate to think of you returning home to any nasty surprises so please read our holiday advice for homeowners and holiday advice for businesses.