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    And one more piece from Travel Mole. It reminds us to be careful when making those all important bookings, especially as none of us can afford the loss of it happens.

    Travel fraud on the rise again


    Over £7 million was lost to travel fraudsters in 2018, according to a new report.

    Crimes were reported by 5,000 people and just over half of the cases related to the sale of airline tickets.

    Meanwhile, one in four crimes related to the sale of accommodation, said the report compiled by Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

    The level of travel fraud has risen since 2017 when 4,382 victims reported losing £6.7 million, the first time the number dropped in six years.

    In 2016 there were 5,826 cases and the total amount stolen was £7.2 million.

    ABTA, Action Fraud and Get Safe Online unveiled the report today alongside advice about the dangers of holiday booking fraud.

    ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: "ABTA sees at first-hand the damage caused by travel fraudsters after customers find out their much anticipated holiday or trip to visit family and friends does not actually exist.

    "The cost to victims is not just financial; this crime causes very real emotional distress. Fraudsters are using increasingly sophisticated methods to target destinations and times of year when demand is high and availability limited, as they know people will be looking for good deals.

    "As victims often find out just before they travel or even in resort that they have been defrauded, it can then be very difficult and expensive to obtain a legitimate replacement booking compounding the financial costs and emotional distress suffered by victims."

    Commenting on the report, Gareth Shaw, head of money at Which?, said: "The sad reality is that as scammers get more sophisticated, many people are still falling victim, with increasing numbers of holidaymakers being left severely out of pocket.

    "To show they are serious about winning the battle against fraudsters, the Government, police and banking industry must now work together to better protect victims of fraud and prevent these type of scams from occurring in the first place."
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    I wish they'd give a few examples, so we can understand exactly WHAT type of fraud is being committed and HOW the scammers are doing it. Is this happening with reputable travel dealers or is it people falling for the too-good-to-be-true type of deals? I wish they would be more specific in the story.

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    I agree Simon. I imagine it is flight bookings through Internet 'shops' and villa/condo bookings again through the Internet. The latter is fraught with danger, but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.

    There was a thread recently on that other forum about two women, mother and daughter, in Davenport renting out a villa which didn't exist!!!. Law enforcement has caught up with them though.

    The old adage, if it looks too good to be true, then it is to good to be true!!!
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    Some scams are more elaborate with accommodation web sites being cloned and then edited to give the scammer's bank details. The common thread seems to be that the scammer wants paying by bank transfer and refuses credit cards. I'd say to never ever pay by transfer and only ever use a credit card for any large transaction because of the extra protection they give anyway.
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    I believe Brits spend about 180 billion on holidays per year so £7m is not a huge amount in proportion. Awful for those caught out but if you look at many other areas itís a tiny percentage.
    With 72.8 million overseas trips thatís about 10p each in fraud. To be honest the 7m feels way too small. The European elections are just about to cost us 150 million!

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    I agree in principle spencem, but not all bona fida villa owners can take credit card payments, so extra care and checks are needed.
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