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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