Be aware of holiday scams
Be aware of holiday scams

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is urging anyone booking holidays to watch out for scammers trying to steal their money.
The warning comes as new figures show 89 reports of holiday fraud were made to The Police Service between 1st January and 31st December 2023, amounting to a total reported loss of £155,245.
Police say the figures, released by Action Fraud, show how important it is for people to stop and take the time to do their research, check that who they’re dealing with is legitimate and that if they are targeted by a fraudster to report it.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wilson from The Police Service of Northern Ireland Economic Crime Unit said: "It’s natural people want to get a good deal when booking a holiday but what can seem as a bargain holiday, or a good deal online, is all too often the start of a scam.
“These scams will not only leave people out of pocket, but also scupper their holiday plans.”

Stop, never pay by bank transfer - the safest way to pay is by credit card and, where at all possible, avoid paying by bank transfer to someone you do not know or have not met in person.
Check, do your research. Don't rely on just one website or review. If it's a fake, there's a good chance others will write about their experience and some basic internet research will find it. Look for the logo, check to see if the company is a member of Abta and, if you're booking a flight, check to see it's approved by Atol.
Report - If you have lost money in this way, or any type of fraud, report it to police on 101, to your bank immediately, online at or call 0300 123 2040.
Information and advice is also available at or the ScamwiseNI Facebook page @scamwiseni