Malvern World Travel urging holidaymakers to make sure they don't fall victim to scams - The Malvern Observer
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13th Aug, 2022

Malvern World Travel urging holidaymakers to make sure they don't fall victim to scams

Ryan Smith 29th Jun, 2022

A MALVERN travel agency is urging holidaymakers to make sure they don’t fall victim to ongoing holiday scams.

Malvern World Travel is encouraging people to book with trusted independent local travel businesses after it was revealed that an average of £1,168 per person is lost by those who fall victim to holiday fraud.

The company revealed that holidaymakers fall victim to fraud through booking through fake websites that appear genuine, false advertisements being placed on social media and legitimate websites, and misleading communication through WhatsApp, social media and email.

Malvern World Travel owners and directors Lee and Hilary Harrison said: “Booking through a reputable business is always the safest way to avoid fraudulent bookings and to ensure you get the best offers possible for your holiday.

“Holiday scammers are using new tactics which are harder than ever to detect, with some victims not even realising they’ve been scammed until the day of their holiday.

“To ensure your holiday is in the safest hands, it’s always best to visit or talk to a trusted travel business in-store or at their home office, which not only provides holiday protection and expert advice, but also delivers the best deals, saving both time and money.”

In recent weeks holidaymakers have faced uncertainty due to airport staff shortages, flight cancellations and long queues.

Lee and Hilary Harrison added: “After a long period of travel uncertainty, it’s no surprise that the public are ready and raring to get back on a plane, train or Cruise liner to their favourite destinations.

“The vast majority of holidaymakers enjoy their trips without a hitch, but for those worried about either scams circulating or disruptions at airports, we encourage them to book through a trusted local travel business which can provide the latest advice and will be on hand to assist if any issues arise.”

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