As holidays bookings surge after lockdown exit plans were announced, think twice before handing over money and personal details when booking holidays this year.

That’s the message that Action Fraud and ABTA, the Travel Association, want to get across to the public eager for a holiday this summer.

What is holiday fraud?

Holiday fraud can vary from fake accommodation listings that don’t actually exist, to ‘too good to be true’ offers with flights being particularly targeted.

Criminals can approach you over the phone, via text, email and social media, offering incredibly cheap deals to tempt you into booking a holiday with them. In reality, the holiday you’ve booked, or parts of it, doesn’t exist at all.

Before you buy: 

  • Do your research
  • Play safe
  • It it is too good to be true, it usually is