Online holiday booking scams and how to avoid them

New research into cybersecurity has revealed UK holidaymakers lost more than £7m to fake sites and fraud in 2018. We outline the five most common scams and ways to protect a trip and your data

With UK holidaymakers looking to book their summer breaks, industry experts are warning them to look out for online scams and fake websites.

Fraudsters stole more than £7m from holidaymakers in 2018, according to a new report from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), the national cybercrime reporting centre, Action Fraud, and awareness organisation Get Safe Online. More than 5,000 people reported being scammed in the last year, with an average financial loss of £1,380 per person. Figures are up from 2017, which saw 4,382 victims lose a total of £6.7m.

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