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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Holidaymakers Caught Out By Fraud

Beware! Holiday fraud cases have surged by 50%, prompting a crucial warning for summer travellers. Don't fall victim to scams when booking your dream getaway. Data reveals a staggering £928,495 lost to holiday fraud in just two years. Stay alert and protect your hard-earned money while planning your next holiday.

TSB's latest study reveals: Social media is the top hotspot for holiday scams, making up over half of all cases in 2022. Shockingly, these scams have surged by 239%, with victims losing nearly £1,000 on average. Stay alert and protect your wallet!

The most prevalent scam involves fake flight bookings, resulting in a staggering 51% of total losses. Victims are losing an average of £3,255 per case, totalling over £470,000 in losses. Another common scam targets individuals looking to purchase campervans that do not actually exist, with an average loss of £5,700 per victim and a total of £160,000 lost.

Holiday costs, including travel agencies and package holidays, make up 15% of losses, with victims losing an average of £850 per case. It's important to stay vigilant and protect yourself from falling victim to these scams.

To try to book direct when possible to avoid scams on social media platforms. Be cautious of deals that seem too good to be true. Avoid being pressured into making a booking quickly. Research reputable sites and check reviews before booking. Use your card and a recognized payment platform for added protection.

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