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holiYou’ve looked online and found the perfect holiday/flight or accommodation. You go ahead and book it, paying by a bank transfer. When you get to your destination (or try to board a flight) you discover that you have been tricked – that your tickets are fake, the accommodation doesn’t exist or the owner knows nothing about your booking.
According to a report from Action Fraud, you are not alone. Almost 5,000 people were similarly defrauded last year, to the tune of £6.7 million. This is probably only the tip of the iceberg as not everyone reports their losses to Action Fraud. In addition to financial losses, some victims also suffer from health and well-being issues, to the extent of requiring medical treatment.
The most common type of holiday booking fraud is airline tickets, flights to Africa or the Indian sub-continent were the most frequent. A fake ticket may be sent or no ticket at all.
Holiday accommodation is the next most common fraud. This is achieved by fake websites, hacking into legitimate accounts and posting fake adverts on websites and on social media.
Other common frauds are for sports and religious trips (due to limited number of tickets) followed by mobile home holidays. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/action-fraud-reports-show-6.7m-lost-to-holiday-booking-fraud-apr18
How can you avoid the loss of money and disappointment which the result of a booking fraud?
Top tips to avoid becoming a victim of travel fraud (from: https://abta.com/tips-and-latest/abta-campaigns/what-is-holiday-booking-fraud )
A useful leaflet is: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/sites/default/files/3395%20Holiday%20Fraud_v4.pdf