A report from the NFIB (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) found that males are slightly more likely to have reported a case of holiday fraud than females.
It said that people aged between 30 and 49 were also more likely to have been a victim of holiday fraud.
The most common types of holiday booking fraud are:
- Airline tickets: where a customer believes they are booking a flight and receives a fake ticket or pays for a ticket that never turns up, this accounted for 45% of holiday booking fraud reported to the Police in 2012
- Holiday accommodation: the fraudulent advertisement of holiday villas and apartments, with people arriving at their destination to discover they had nowhere to stay, accounting for a third of holiday fraud
- Package holiday fraud: fraudsters particularly like to target those booking group, sports and religious packages with deals and special offers, major events such as the Hajj pilgrimage and The Ashes can often be targeted
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