Action Fraud warning as holiday bookings surge after lockdown exit plans announced

01, March 2021

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant against holiday and travel related fraud, as holiday bookings surge, following the Government’s announcement on how lockdown restrictions will be eased.

The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime is reminding the public to think twice before handing over their money and personal information when booking holidays this year. In previous years, criminals have targeted unsuspecting holidaymakers booking holiday accommodation.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:

“We are all more eager than ever to go on a holiday and relax with family and friends after the year we’ve all had. However, the surge in holiday bookings provides criminals with an opportunity to defraud innocent people out of a well-deserved break and their hard-earned cash.

“Criminals are increasingly using more sophisticated ways to trick their victims, which is why it’s important that we all do our research when booking a holiday and making travel arrangements. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

What is holiday fraud?

Holiday fraud can vary from fake accommodation listings advertising hotels, and self-catering properties that simply don’t exist, to “too good to be true” offers. Criminals can approach the public over the phone, via text, email and social media, offering incredibly cheap deals to tempt them into booking a holiday with them. In reality, the holiday booked (or parts of it) doesn’t exist at all.

Read more about holiday fraud here.

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