More than 5,000 people were the victims of holiday booking fraud last year, with their total losses amounting to £7m, research suggests.
A local travel agent offers advice and tips to ensure this comes to an end.
Jade Ribbens, 21, is an employee at the Hempstead Valley’s Thomas Cook branch.
Being a fond traveller herself, she has a large amount of knowledge about the do’s and dont’s when it comes to booking a holiday.
Jade says : “I have had a few issues where fake companies are posing on social media, which has caused many issues for so many people.
I would suggest for those looking to book a holiday to attend the stores and discuss and book the holidays there, because, this is so much more safer and less hassle for the family booking the holiday.”
With the rise of social media platforms people are finding it a lot easier to book holidays online rather than attending a store and discussing with a travel agent.
She adds: “I have seen in the news so many people are being a victim of holiday fraud and I just wish people would research more and ensure they read reviews from each holiday site they browse.
It’s great if a hotel or company has good reviews, but these are not always reliable, make sure you do your research like an online search to check the company’s credentials.
This is the best advice I can offer anyone, I just hope people are more careful and attend stores to book holidays.”
Reliable research suggests that something else to look out for is to see if the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA which stands for: Association of British Travel Agents.