EFAS No. 29 – Holiday Fraud Warning

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

Action Fraud and ABTA, The Travel Association, are reminding the public to think twice
before handing over their money and personal information when booking holidays this
year.


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—make sure you’ve read plenty of reviews and have checked that
the company is an ABTA member
• Pay Safe—use a credit card where possible and avoid paying into bank accounts
• If it’s too good to be true, it usually is!