While you and your family are gearing up for the year-end holiday season, you skip criminals, but they are all around. Consumers are encouraged to be extra vigilant at this time when the scammers send out an avalanche of fake online adverts, bogus sales calls, e-mails, and SMS, to suck you into their criminal schemes and ruin what is meant to be a happy time of rest and enjoyment.
Holiday fraud happens when you hand over your money to a travel agent, a booking website, or a booking with an individual, only to discover that your holiday does not exist and your money has gone. People carrying out this type of fraud usually ask that you pay for your holiday by bank transfer or cash into an easily emptied account and is difficult to trace.
You may also be issued with authentic-looking bogus receipts, which will be absolutely useless when you try to investigate the payment of your non-existent holiday. There will be no recourse to any refund, and to realize that you have been conned before you even pack for your trip, or even worse, to find out when you arrive at a destination that there has never been a booking, will be devastating.
Paying for a holiday, travel or accommodation, via direct bank deposit or a cash deposit can sometimes put you at risk. Entering your bank details on an unsafe page, responding to phone calls, e-mails or SMS, offering holidays for super low prices puts you at huge risk.
Many legitimate travel companies provide excellent service, combined with competitive accommodation and travel costs. They can help you have a great time on your desired holiday. And finding them is easy. Here are a few basic tips on how to recognize scammers.
Bear in mind that a travel agent, or even an individual owner of a property that you are enquiringly about, does not need your Social Security Number, date of birth, or ID number. If you are asked for this information, it is almost certainly a scam and just another ruse to get details so that your identity can be stolen.
Identity theft protection experts warn consumers about the increase in fraudulent activities with the approach of peak holiday periods. According to a report, people often get scammed from fake websites, fake online ads, fake airline bookings.
It may seem like a lot of effort to check everything thoroughly, but it will be worth it in the long run. Many families pay only for accommodation to find out that they have been scammed and that holiday dreams have been shattered.
It really means that if the family is determined to have a holiday, you will have to find somewhere else to stay.
Unfortunately, there are not many families who can afford it – or may be willing to do this!