Beware scam websites for winter holidays
People making plans for a winter break need to be careful of scam websites that are swindling people out of money. These fake websites have already cadged £60,000 from people according to the folks at Action Fraud.
Those who have booked holiday accommodation through RightSki.com and ChaletHunter.com have been defrauded, which is particularly galling at this time of year (irritating all year round, but y'know, Christmas is more of a mither).
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau says that these two websites have been set up by people using false information, and their aim was to get holidaymakers to make a bank transfer to them to book their break, and then make off with it.
Obviously, like all scams, once the money has left your bank account, it is incredibly difficult to get it back.
The NFIB trying to suspend suspicious websites and phone numbers, but scamsters can very easily set up new sites, so you need to stay vigilant. Also, if you've got a bad feeling about a site or service, you can report it to be investigated too (click here).
If you're not using a reputable company, or something feels fishy, then check the spelling on the site. If you're making a payment, then you need to look out for the URL, which should begin with https, or there should be a padlock icon on it.
It is also worth doing a Google search for the company name, as that'll bring up any bad reviews or recommendations of what to avoid when making a booking or paying money to anyone.