News from the financial sectors in Spain and the Canary Islands
Hard on the heels of news that people are booking and paying for accommodation in the Islands that doesn’t exist come more warnings from ABTA.
- The British travel agents association claims that one in three online bookers do not check out the authenticity of travel providers before paying up and are being conned by non existent dream deals. One in five don’t check either if the web page is secure before entering payment details so that their credit card information can’t be intercepted. GetSafeOnline managing director Tony Neate warns, “if you decide to rent a villa or holiday home from an individual and they don’t provide a contact telephone number or don’t respond to calls, and they ask for full payment upfront to be made by a cheque in the post or wire transfer, then you need to be very careful”, adding, “for private rentals, this may be the only way they can take payment, but it does make them almost impossible to track”.
Mike Monk ABTA’s head of financial services commented, “booking your holiday online is a great way of finding unique locations and experiences, as well as often being faster, more convenient and offering value for money. However, with the online travel industry worth many millions each year, it’s inevitable that fraudsters will follow the money trail.”