According to Action Fraud, the number of British tourists hit by booking scams rose by 19% last year, with holidaymakers losing an average of £1,200 per person.

The most common scams involved plane tickets, online accommodation bookings and timeshare sales, especially around sports events and religious festivals due to the limited supply of tickets. Fake accommodation websites and adverts can lead to scams, but fraudsters are also hacking into official accounts to target people directly.

Advice for holidaymakers includes doing as much research as possible about the organisation, and ensuring travel agents and websites are members of a recognised trade body like Abta as well as being suspicious if asked to pay money upfront via bank transfer or cash.

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