Top Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to Travel Fraud

Photo – James Beaumont

For the full story, visit www.getsafeonline.org, select ‘Protecting Yourself’ and then ‘Holiday & Travel Booking’.

Top tips to ensure your holiday or travel booking is safe

  • Do thorough research on accommodation, flights, cruises, package holidays or pilgrimages advertised via private advertisements, to check they’re authentic.
  • Check that accommodation really exists by finding it on Google Maps and looking for independent reviews and recommendations. If you can, call and speak to the owner/agent directly. If the number is not provided, email and request it.
  • Check reviews on TripAdvisor or similar sites.
  • Never pay for holidays or travel by bank transfer. If you do and it’s a fraud, you may never see your money again. Paying by credit card means more chance of getting your money back if something goes wrong.
  • Make sure travel agents and tour operators you book through are members of trade associations such as ABTA or ATOL, by checking on these bodies’ websites.

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