Holiday fraudsters 'steal £7 million a year' from Brits

Fraudsters are stealing around £7 million a year from British holidaymakers, according to a police report.

30% of victims 'scammed by false holiday villa adverts'

A report into holiday fraud showed that 30% of victims last year were scammed by the fraudulent advertisement of holiday villas and apartments, while airline ticket fraud accounted for around 21%.

Laura and Sean Parks from Thirsk in North Yorkshire lost £1,000 when Mrs Parks bought a Loch Ness weekend Valentine's break for her husband, a soldier on leave from Afghanistan.

File photograph of Loch Ness in Scotland.
File photograph of Loch Ness in Scotland. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The couple were stranded in a blizzard after paying a bogus company for a lodge that did not exist.

It had been advertised on Facebook and through a professional-looking website but it turned out that photos of the lodge had been taken from another legitimate website that had nothing to do with the firm Mrs Parks dealt with.

Read: Holiday fraudsters 'steal £7 million a year' from Brits

Holiday fraudsters 'steal £7 million a year' from Brits

Fraudsters are stealing around £7 million a year from British holidaymakers, according to a police report.

Scams include travellers receiving fake airline tickets, with flights to West Africa a particular target.

File photo of a plane taking off into the sunset.
The report says fraudsters are stealing around £7 million a year from British holidaymakers. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

One couple were left more than £1,000 out of pocket after being conned into booking a holiday at Loch Ness at a romantic lodge that did not exist.

The report, from the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), showed that during a 12-month period more than 4,500 cases of holiday booking fraud were reported.

They included fake packages for the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and also for the Ryder Cup.

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