ABTA looking to combat holiday fraud with awareness campaign

A group of leading travel and anti-fraud associations have teamed up to help raise awareness of the dangers of holiday booking fraud.

Reported by travelbite.co.uk, the Association of British Travel Agents - partnering with Get Safe Online, Action Fraud and the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) - is curating a new consumer campaign to provide advice on how to provide a victim of holiday booking fraud.

The campaign hopes to encourage holidaymakers to research the firms they book with and use secure payment methods in order to avoid being defrauded.

Speaking to abta.com, Get Safe Online CEO Tony Neate believes finding reviews of travel firms can be helpful in identifying trusted travel agents.

For example, those looking to book a camping holiday may want to conduct research into trusted camping holiday agents.

He explained: "Holidays are meant to be highlights in our year, so it can be particularly painful to get caught by fraudsters if you're booking yours online.

"But there are ways to keep yourself safe and make sure that you don't get caught out. For example, if you do your research properly you should be able to find multiple online reviews of the holiday you're booking, as well as the website you're booking it through," he added.