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Holiday booking fraud

Swimming pool and villaA new report from the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has warned of the dangers posed by holiday booking fraud.

It says that fraudsters stole £7.2million from almost 6,000 unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2016. The number of people reporting travel fraud to the police jumps in summer and December.

The report says that the most common types of fraud relate to the sale of airline tickets, booking accommodation online as well as timeshare sales.

Examples include: setting up fake websites for holiday accommodation, hacking into legitimate accounts, issuing fake airline tickets or a situation where a consumer pays for a ticket that never turns up.

More details are available here: Adamnuk/showpress.php?id=PRESS2017-05-04_074.xml&mode=mail

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