HOLIDAY FRAUD

Alert message sent 25/04/2021 09:14:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


Holiday frauds are on the increase and holiday makers are being scammed out of millions of pounds a year by fraudsters. Scammers are targeting online holiday bookinsg and accommodation sites to scam unsuspecting customers into paying for accommodation that is not available or does not even exist. Often the victim only becomes aware that they have been scammed when they arrive at their accommodation or destination and find no booking has been made.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?

-Scammers will often ask for payment by direct bank transfer away from the website. They may encourage you to do this by offering discounts for bank transfer payments.
-Scammers will use photos of accommodation taken from other sites on the web. You can check photos with a reverse image search engine available on the internet. These check images to see where else on the internet they may have been used.
-The scammers advert may state that they belong to a trade body or consumer protection scheme such as the Association of British Travel Agents(ABTA). Contact the body or scheme to check their credentials at www.abta.com or call 020 3117 5599.
-Try and research the property and see if it has its own website. Always try and call the owner of a property to confirm they are aware of your potential booking.
If their phone number is not provided, send an email requesting it.
Message sent by
Carlos Paulo (Police, PCSO, Warrington)

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