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People looking to book themselves a well-deserved break away are being urged to take care, as holiday-related scams have seen a 33% rise over the last year.

Lloyds Bank revealed that fraud linked to flight bookings was up by 13% in the 12 months to March 2022 with the average amount lost to a flight scam being £2,955.

Scam reports linked to hotels were up by 18% – the average amount lost was £1,231.

Interestingly, the biggest increase in reports came from scams linked to fake short-stay caravan bookings, with cases surging by a massive 108% year-on-year. The average amount lost in each case was much lower though, at £374.

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Liz Ziegler, Fraud Prevention Director at Lloyds Bank, said, “Now that most pandemic restrictions have come to an end, many of us will be looking forward to a more traditional summer holiday this year. But with demand soaring and prices rising fast, would-be holidaymakers can’t afford to let their guard down when hunting for the best deals.

“Scammers are ready to cash in on any last minute surge in bookings, so it’s vital that consumers know how to stay safe. Book directly with trusted sites or travel agents, avoid following links on social media, and always pay by card for the greatest protection. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it almost certainly is.”

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