Beware of online holiday scams

Fraudsters stole an estimated £2.2 million from unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2014, according to a new report compiled by the City of London Police.

ABTA, The City of London Police and Get Safe Online have re-joined forces to warn the general public about the dangers posed by holiday booking fraud.

According to the report compiled by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB, the most common type of crime involved fraudsters hacking into the accounts of owners on well-known accommodation sites or spoofing these websites with convincing bogus imitations.

Disappointed holidaymakers found the villas and apartments they thought they had booked and paid for were non-existent. Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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