Beware of online holiday scammers

With summer holidays fast approaching, people are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights.

Thursday, 14th July 2016, 10:00 am
Beware of online holiday scammers.

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.


Paying for a holiday / airline tickets / accommodation via direct bank transfer. No reputable company will ever request payment via this method.

Responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.

Protect Yourself: 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.Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / particular airline that your booking does indeed exist.Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.