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How to avoid holiday fraud

Written by Fiona

September 09 2019

There is a lot to look forward to enjoy when on holiday but it’s important that you are careful to think twice and protect yourself against possible internet frauds that might arrive your way before the trip.

Here are a few things to look out for:

Flights scam

Holidaymakers should be aware of a scam that could leave them paying for fake plane tickets. Apparently, the scam begins when victims are cold called by con artists who pretend to be from travel companies.

The fraudsters appear to have access to people’s personal details and the contacts relate to internet searches done recently while victims search to book flights online.

It’s thought that victims come across fake websites that records personal information searching for flights. Many of the victims wrongly believe the calls are genuine and sadly, then make payments for the flights that do not even exist.

To avoid being scammed you should be on the alert for unsolicited calls, emails and texts that offer deals too good to be true on flights. Also, make sure the company’s name is on the database of ABTA and ATOL. And another safeguard is to pay by credit card.

Fake holiday websites

Increasing numbers of people are being scammed by fake holiday websites. Having booked accommodation or flights, they receive a fake ticket or email of confirmation when in fact there is no holiday to be booked.

But how can you avoid these or even know they are fake? First, check that the web address is legitimate. In particular, check the domain name, For example, you might think it’s a Thomas Cook website because it has the name in the URL but the real company website is  thomascook.com and not thomascooktopdeals.com.

Also, .net and .org are rarely used for online shopping sites. It is usually .com or .co.uk.

Also check for https://, not rather than http://. It is a subtle difference. Words spellt incorrectly, low-res photos etc also indicate the website is not all it might seem If you are directed away from a site for payment take care, too.

Fake social media channels

Social media channels have quite an advantage on the internet, meaning that many companies gain clients on Facebook or Instagram instead of their official websites.

Technology and internet experts advise people to look deeper and to not offer their personal details, such as bank accounts, when discovering a holiday offer they cannot resist. Some media channels are quite new and have a single purpose to attract victims in a large number through all sorts of interesting vacation offers by making them to pay in advance a particular sum of money.

Such scams should be reported immediately and people are suggested to look for the official websites, instead of trusting a social media channel that it is barely new on the internet platforms.

he bottom line for avoiding holiday fraud is to check and double-check any offer that appears “too” attractive, particularly if the promises are for very low prices on hotel accommodation, plane tickets and all-inclusive services.

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