With booking fraud rising by 19% last year, anyone can be a victim of this crime. Here are some of the most common cheats – and the best ways to beat the criminals. Plus, we explain what to do if it happens to you.
If you fall victim to booking fraud you could lose your money – and your holiday too.
Travel expert Jill Starley-Grainger explores the risks and explains how to avoid them when you’re booking your holiday.
Imagine turning up at the airport – bags packed, passports ready, full of anticipation – only to be told the airline tickets you’d paid for do not exist. Or being refused entry at your destination because the tourist visa you applied for online was fake. Or perhaps you make it all the way to your villa, trouble free – only to discover it’s a building site.
Anyone can be a victim of booking fraud, so first of all, do not feel embarrassed. It is nothing to be ashamed of, and you can help others from falling for the same scam with these steps.