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Top three holiday scams – would you spot them?

Travel scams

A free holiday, surprisingly cheap flights, rare sports tickets – offers like this are often too good to be true. Have you fallen foul of holiday scammers?

According to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), people in the UK lost more than £11m to holiday scams last year. On average, that works out at around £3,000 per scam victim. It seems that many of us are all too eager to believe in a special deal or one-time offer, especially if it comes with the promise of a holiday.

But if you’re savvy, you can spot a likely scam and avoid filling the tricksters’ coffers with your money. You can protect yourself against scammers by getting wise to their tricks. NFIB has identified the three most common holiday booking scams.

Fake accommodation and flight websites

Professional-looking websites selling ‘cheap’ flights and accommodation are easily set up. Criminals are even known to leave fake reviews on sites such as Tripadvisor. According to NFIB, sales of fake flights to Nigeria, India and Pakistan were particularly prevalent last year.

Our advice: Exceptionally low prices should set alarm bells ringing. Flight prices are largely set by the airlines, giving agents little leeway in price, so charging significantly less is often a sign something isn’t right.

Timeshares and holiday clubs

Timeshares and holiday clubs accounted for more than a quarter of the total reported losses, with victims losing anywhere between £9,000 and £35,000 each.

Our advice: Watch out for ‘free’ holiday offers – these were used to entice many victims of timeshare scams into attending a seminar where they were duped into buying a fraudulent timeshare.

Oversubscribed sports and religious trip tickets

The limited availability of tickets, and consequently higher prices, makes sporting events and religious trips a popular target for criminals.

Our advice: Only trust official ticket sellers, especially if you know an event is in high demand.

Spotting a scam

Boost your own resilience to scams by coming along to one of our scams roadshows as we travel across the UK, sharing expert advice. Our next stop is at the Leeds White Rose shopping centre on Friday 17 June.

You can support our campaign by signing our petition here:

So have you ever spotted a holiday scam? How do you protect yourself against tricksters?


If some people people think that something is free they loose so sense and reason,do not stop to think but rush headlong and try to take advantage of it .As I always say there are some people who will always fall for some scam or other. They do not listen or take any notice of any advice they are given It will continue happening what ever any one true to do to help them Maybe those at Which are just wasting their time in trying to advise some people

lander says:
3 July 2018

wouldnt trust this site with the spelling mistakes and bad grammar

Which and the likes should campaign big time to help those of us that are easily fooled .

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E Dunn says:
12 June 2016

I had a lucky escape. My neighbours wanted to have their roof re tiled and asked me if I was considering. I was. They had ONE quote and accepted it as they would get a discount with me having it done also…The guys came to look round so I asked a LOT of questions. . The answers were not what I expected to hear so I backed out. ..now the work has nearly been finished and it is not up to standards. ..Rogue Traders. .

Not exactly a holiday scam but an interesting case nonetheless. Are you still on speaking terms with your neighbours? Now is the time to help them assert their consumer rights to having the job done properly.

the hackers eech says:
21 August 2017

iv got ut acount on tech scames who else has

Spelling mistakes. Not clear what this is about. Scam?

Thanks for good advice.

I will scan the other day fromhttps://www.alpinemedicalpharmacy.com I ordered for my dog should I had prescription for him as they said they posted it and stuck in customs but they could not give me a tracking number or the number for the customs at the airport where my package is being held so they say but don’t get no information back from them what’s relevant

emma jones says:
15 May 2020

I appreciate the good information given here but then now these horrible fraudsters can also see this and find was to then get round them..there must be some way to stop them and make it a lot lot harder to rip people off!

Alex says:
31 July 2020

Issue is that fraudsters cannot be stopped – all we can do is remain vigilant and keep reporting them.

emma jones says:
15 May 2020

I swear that 99% of the ADVERTS on Instagram are fake! They should be band or something..

In saying that, Emma, you have to be careful not to make any false or fake claims yourself. I hope you have evidence that proves your point!

christine says:
20 July 2020

Ads-Beyond.com is supposed to be an online marketing platform ,whereby you “invest” large sums of money for a big return. I was scammed of $20 000 and have found someone from Malaysia who has also been scammed by $23 000 and a lady in the UK of $15 000. I am from South Africa. Please be careful of this company they are professional scammers.

Alex says:
31 July 2020

The fillowing website is fraudulent:https://www.disneyplusfreetrial.com/ Lukily I didn’t input all my details, however I did put my card No. which produced a pop up, that’s when I got suspicious. I checked other Disney sites… Subsequently, I checked my account and an attempt had been made to take money, even though I never completed sign up – however the payment was blocked. I reported it to Disney…

adinemckay13@gmail.com says:
24 September 2020

Is a shopping website named “HIFURNISHING “a genuine or scam /fake website?

John says:
6 November 2020

Has anyone encountered the old win a iphone page sponsered by Golddiggergames?? this is an old trick to get your info. but it works. because im here checking with you guys!!!!

Lena Bedford says:
12 November 2020
Iain Cherry says:
16 November 2020

2 trans pymnts to Vitprop anyone heard of this?

Baljit Dhillon says:
18 November 2020

Is InvestingVIP.com an official website?

margaret steele says:
19 November 2020

i got email saying i had won a phoned priced at 1 thousand pound said pay £1 post i ignored it who going to give a phone at that price for a £1

Mr isaac says:
22 November 2020

SCOP media an IPTV provider i paid for a service they received payment and after that they never contacted me again