Police Warn Holiday Makers About Fake Travel Website.
Holiday makers are being warned about the dangers of online fraud when booking a trip this summer.
It comes as a new report reveals that 1,500 cases of Holiday fraud have been reported to the Police in 2014. The people behind the scams have stolen around £2.2m from travellers they have duped, the average loss was around £889.
Many tourists only found out they had been scammed when they arrived at there accommodation and discovered no booking was ever made.
The findings come from the City of London Police, who have joined forces with Get Safe Online which is a government supported organisation and the UK travel association ABTA to highlight some of the scams tourists could fall victim to in the coming months.
The have published a free PDF which offers advice on spotting holiday scams.
The most common type of scam involves the fraudsters setting up a fake website and adverts so they can trick you into believing you are dealing with a genuine holiday company.
Most people who fall victim to the fraud pay in ways that make it almost impossible to get their money back, like bank transfer.
People booking caravan holidays in the UK are also being targeted by the fraudsters posting a fake advert on Facebook, Gumtree and Craigslist.
Another way the scammers can lure victims is by offering a ‘free’ holiday at a seminar, where they are then sold a fake timeshare.
If you believe you have been a victim, or if you are worried about a booking that you have made, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use it’s fraud-reporting tool
Pensioners Warned to Keep a Look Out for Fake NS&I Website
On line scammers are trying to con pensioners out of their hard earned cash by using a fake website that clams to be the official National Savings & Investments (NS&I) site, they claim to offer an opportunity for a 65+ Bond.
Action Fraud have said that some of Googles searches for the NS&I website are producing fake results. If a person clicks on the fake site and submits their details, the scammers will then follow up with an email or phone call asking for proof of ID and their bank details.
Many of the emails Action Fraud have been seeing will be addressed “To whom it may concern” and signed “Best Regards, Kevin Archer”
You can see what the fake site looks like on the official NS&I site, although its highly likely that its appearance will change as people become wise to this scam. The NS&I site is also showing a typical email the fraudsters are currently sending out, ‘Pensioners have until 15 May to open a 65+ Bond which pays between 2.8 and 4 per cent.
The warning came a month after Steve Webb, pensions minister in the previous Government, predicted a “plague’ of pension-related scams, as fraudsters exploit the confusion about the new regulations that kicked in 6 April.
He said at the time: “If you are promised a really eye-catching interest rate above what you are expecting it’s almost always too good to be true”
To stay safe only visit the official NS&I website. NS&I will never try and sell you anything over the phone.
To report a scam email from NS&I, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think you have fallen victim to a scam phone NS&I on 0500 007 007.
For more information and advice on how to avoid pension scams, visit the Government’s pension Wise website. It reveals tactics that the fraudsters commonly use.