North East UK news Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Following scores of online scams, Action Fraud is urging the public to think twice before handing over their money and personal information when booking holidays

North East UK news Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Following scores of online scams, Action Fraud is urging the public to think twice before handing over their money and personal information when booking holidays

North East UK news  Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com
16 May 2021 - 23:26

Breaking News ! A warning has been issued about holiday fraud after criminals targeted unsuspecting holidaymakers to the tune of more than £2m last year. Under the Government's roadmap, international travel restrictions are easing from Monday and people will be allowed to fly to green list countries for non-essential purposes, including holidays. But Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, is reminding the public to think twice before handing over their money and personal information when booking trips. The organisation received 1,907 reports of holiday and travel-related fraud in the 2020/21 financial year – a decrease of over 70% when compared to the previous year. However, although a decline in incidents was predicted because travel was banned for large periods of the year, losses by victims still totalled £2,205,251 during this time – an average loss of £1,242 per victim. Launching a national awareness campaign, Pauline Smith, head of Action Fraud, said: "We are all more eager than ever to go on a holiday and relax with family and friends, following the coronavirus pandemic. Get free email updates straight to your inbox Sign up to our free newsletter to receive our top stories twice a day as well as up to the minute breaking stories, information on coronavirus and the latest Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC football stories. It takes just seconds to sign up - just click on this link, enter your email address and follow the instructions. If you change your mind you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Find us on the British Newspaper Archive here. "However, criminals will stop at nothing when it comes to defrauding innocent people out of a well-deserved break and their hard-earned cash. "Criminals are increasingly using more sophisticated ways to trick their victims, which is why it’s important that we all do our research when booking a holiday and making travel arrangements. "Regardless of whether you’re planning on travelling abroad, or going on a domestic holiday this year, remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Last year, criminals targeted people booking airline tickets (56%) and holiday accommodation (29%). Almost three quarters of victims were aged between 19 to 50 (73%). Almost a third (32%) of reports stated the victim had contact with the suspect after they responded to an approach, or advertisement, on a social media platform. Out of these reports, Facebook was the most common platform (62%) where victims were defrauded. Online booking platforms, such as Airbnb and Booking.com, were mentioned in almost 10% of reports made. Online booking sites act as a platform for third parties to advertise accommodation. Whilst many accommodation providers who make use of online booking platforms are legitimate, some criminals will use these sites to defraud victims by advertising bogus accommodation. Some people (7%) reported falling victim to suspects impersonating legitimate travel companies, including clone comparison websites, airline websites and holiday accommodation websites. People are being scammed when booking holidays online (Image: Getty Images) In some cases, victims have searched for flight tickets online and have found a website they believe to be the company’s genuine website.

. In both instances, victims reported being contacted by someone purporting to be from the airline, or flight comparison website, to take them through the booking procedure and take payment. Sadly, some victims only became aware they had been defrauded when they arrived at the airport and were unable to check-in. Read More Related Articles What passengers can expect to see at Newcastle Airport as foreign travel opens up from Monday Read More Related Articles Newcastle Airport passengers 'feel safe' as travel opens up - including man getting wed in Mexico Top tips to avoid falling victim to holiday fraud Stay safe online: check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name – such as going from .co.uk to .org. Do your research: don’t just rely on one review – do a thorough online search to ensure the company is credible. If a company is defrauding people, there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experience, and warnings about the company. Look for the logo: check whether the company is an ABTA Member. Look for the ABTA logo on the company's website. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership of ABTA online on their website. If you're booking a flight and want more information about ATOL protection, or would like to check whether a company is an ATOL holder, visit the CAA website. Pay safe: wherever possible, pay by credit card. You should avoid paying directly into a private individual’s bank account. Check the paperwork: you should study receipts, invoices and terms and conditions, and be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all. When booking through a Holiday Club or Timeshare, get the contract thoroughly vetted by a solicitor before signing up. Use your instincts: if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For a full list of tips click here. If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. Read More Related Articles What you can and can't do from tomorrow as lockdown restrictions are eased Read More Related Articles Wet weather expected as thunder and heavy showers to hit the North East

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North East UK news Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com


North East UK news Warning over holiday fraud after victims lose more than £2m to scammers MetiNews.Com

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