Holidays can go horribly wrong if you don't book them properly
A new survey has shown that as many as 30% of online bookers don’t bother to confirm the authenticity of their holiday provider, something that could culminate in two weeks spent sleeping in a Turkish ditch, eating nothing but worms and drinking nothing but radiator fluid when all you wanted was a romantic weekend in Paris.
The survey was commissioned by Abta and GetSafeOnline.org and also unearthed the stat that 22% of those polled don’t bother to check if the web page is secure before booking a holiday, with 36% not bothering to check the payments in their bank or credit card statements.
They’re clearly too busy thinking about getting burnt to a crisp on their first day or suffering from dehydration thanks to a diet of too much booze and not enough common sense.
Security Minister Dame Pauline Neville-Jones dressed herself up as a Harlequin and said: "Many people will be looking for last-minute holidays at this time of year and the internet can provide a great way of shopping around for bargains. However, in your rush to book a holiday you should make sure you are not falling victim to online crime by taking some basic steps to protect yourself."
That bit about the Harlequin might not to completely true mind you…