Mark Tanzer, CEO the Association of British Travel Agents said, fraudsters find travel arrangements "attractive" targets because of the large sums of money involved, and the time lapse between the booking and the holiday. He added:
Its particularly distressing for people when they might save up for months or even years for their holiday, or to visit family overseas, only to discover the flight or hotel doesnt exist. Many are left devastated as they cannot afford another holiday. You should always check a companys credentials before you book and if a deal looks too good to be true it probably is.