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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Alert - Holiday Fraud

This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

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With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more 
exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package 
deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply
booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the 
holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus
travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with
low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up,
requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.

Protect Yourself

  • Avoid responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering
           holidays at incredibly low prices.
  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it
           offers increased protection
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon
            in the address bar before entering your payment details
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will
           miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used 

           the company before, take your time to do some online research to
           ensure they are reputable
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company,
          feel free to separately check with the hotel / airline that your booking 
           does indeed exist
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud 
 by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk