Looking for cheap holiday deals this winter? We'll tell you why it's important to be careful when searching on unfamiliar websites and making sure scammers don't con you!
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently warned travellers to watch out for holiday scams when searching for cheap holiday deals. Internet scammers are sometimes responsible for setting up fake online listings for rental properties in an attempt to lure unsuspecting customers to part with their money.
In some cases, scammers have reportedly hacked into popular holiday or travel websites to assume the identity of property owners and steer customers towards making bookings for hotels which either do not exist, or are completely unaware of the fake bookings being made. It is important to be aware of the presence of scammers to ensure that you aren't stolen from or stranded overseas with nowhere to stay.
Planning a holiday is meant to be a fun and enjoyable activity for you and your family. To ensure that you aren't taken for a ride, it is important to take notice of certain factors associated with scammer websites and deals.
When researching and booking your holiday, make sure to:
1. Research Thoroughly
Always contact the company directly using contact details sourced independently through phone books or online searches.
2. Beware Of Emails
If an email from an unfamiliar source finds its way into your inbox, it is not necessarily trustworthy, even if it looks like it has come from a legitimate source.
3. Secure Payment
Before you actually enter your credit details on a website, ensure the link is secure. If redirected to a third-party patment servicem such as PayPal, also ensure these sites are secure before goigjn ahead with payment.
4. Up To Date Anti-Virus
Always keep your computer and internet safe with anti-virus software. A good firewall and security system can help to keep hackers away.
5. Trust Your Instinct If something seems too good to be true, it often is. You may have to do some further research to help you decide whether you are dealing with a company that is legitimate or not.