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.
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.
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