Avoiding Summer Holiday Scams
Summer is a time we all look forward to, but, unfortunately there are fraudsters out there coming up with innovative ways to take our holiday money off us. Based on some data Lloyds Bank released, it’s reported that around £3,000 on average is lost to flight scams (per household), and package holidays/hotel fraud is anywhere from £1,000 – £2,000 in losses.
These figures are alarming so we’ve looked into how you can best avoid these summer scams.
Be Aware of Fake Adverts & Websites
Scammers will go to any length to make sure their bag of tricks work. You’ll need to be vigilant upon your holiday search, be aware of fake adverts and the websites you are using. Make sure you’re checking the authenticity of both as best you can – unfortunately, fake holiday adverts/deals on social media platforms are easy for scammers to get away with.
If you receive any ‘too good to miss’ deals by email or text, again, be aware and ensure you’re checking if they are from a legitimate holiday company.
Do Your Own Research
Using comparison sites like travel supermarket to compare what deals are out there is a safe bet. Also, don’t rule out premium airlines as sometimes it can actually work out cheaper flying with them to certain destinations.
When looking for your deals, check that they are ATOL or ABTA protected companies – this is another genuine signal. When you see a great deal it can be tempting to book it straight away, take your time, and keep a cautious frame of mind.
If the company wants you to pay by wire transfer or straight into a bank account, this could be a potential red flag. Legitimate holiday companies will use their official platform (website) to take payments.
Further Tips to Avoid Holiday Scams:
- Pay by credit card (better payment protections for the customer)
- Have a look at their reviews
- Make sure the website is secure – check for the padlock in your search bar
- Check any grammar errors on their website or adverts
- Don’t click on any unsolicited links that have been sent to you by email or text