Scam artists work in all kinds of ways to trick people out of their money, including targeting eager holidaymakers. Whether it’s an international holiday or a UK staycation, experts from Metro Bank are urging Britons to be aware of how scams might catch them out.
According to the bank, when UK holidays resumed last year, a number of scams sprung up across the internet.
These include those targeting hopeful holiday homeowners.
“Last year when the Government announced the end of the first lockdown, camper van rental scams soared as holidaymakers looked for independent safe travel in a Covid environment, and scammers capitalised on this by taking substantial deposits for camper vans that did not exist,” explained a report from Metro Bank.
It turns out, some of these holiday scams are most prevalent on social media sites.
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“The most common scam is where consumers see a fake caravan/holiday home/camper van/ motorhome listing advertised on social media or any other free ad site.
“When they enquire about available dates and rental prices, the ‘owner’ will ask for deposit payments – payments that they want to be paid quickly and in very specific ways to ensure they bypass any built-in security protections…