Beware the online crooks preying on your dream of a holiday

Beware the online crooks preying on your dream of a holiday

Beware the online crooks preying on your dream of a holiday: How to stay safe when booking a trip

  • Be wary of emails and adverts linked to websites promising bargain breaks
  • Differences in the website address page can indicate an offer is fraudulent 
  • Anyone awaiting a refund from a cancelled holiday should be wary too
  • Following the easing of travel restrictions, thousands of holidaymakers have wasted no time in booking a summer break. But people are being urged to be vigilant as criminals look to exploit their eagerness to get away.

    Jesús Sanchez-Aguilera Garcia, of cybersecurity firm McAfee, says: 'With the travel industry getting back into motion, online criminals are ready to prey on victims. Fraudsters are fully aware of holidaymakers' desire for a great deal and will use it to their advantage.'

    He adds: 'It's vital when booking your holiday to remain alert to the common tactics used by online criminals, despite the excitement.'

    Too good to be true? Be wary of emails and adverts linked to websites promising bargain breaks

    Above all, be wary of emails and adverts linked to websites promising bargain breaks. Figures from McAfee show almost a third of holiday bookings occur through such email promotions and pop-up adverts, and more than a quarter of people do not check the authenticity of a ..