Brit holidaymakers scammed out of millions by fake ‘clone’ websites for villa rentals listed by Google. Scammers set up a pay-per-click arrangement with Google for key words such as “Balearic
The 12 most dangerous scams right now – as a fake Asda voucher spreads like wildfire on WhatsApp Brit holidaymakers scammed out of millions by fake ‘clone’ websites for villa rentals listed by
HOW TO AVOID HOLIDAY VILLA LETTING SCAMS IMAGINE having saved hard throughout the ing holidaymakers more than £1.5 million. The NFIB, which operates under the auspices of the City of Lon- of fake websites, false adver-tising, bogus phone calls and phishing emails.
They then steal photos from real holiday sites, set up fake pages and gladly take your money. Brit holidaymakers scammed out of millions by fake ‘clone’ websites for villa rentals listed by Google 11.
The firms, some of which have now been taken down, were listed on Google and could be easily found by searching key terms like “holiday villa” and “luxury holiday”.
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There are fake auction site, fake estate agents, fake tax websites, the list is endless. Sadly, phishing is not going away anytime soon, and of course it’s not just done using the Internet.
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The safest way for travellers to avoid scams is to pay by credit card or take out fraud insurance at the time of booking the holiday. Although villa rental scams do happen, HomeAway claims less than 0.1% of bookings are affected by fraud.
We are planning on booking a villa for a two-week summer holiday, which will cost £1,600. The owners have asked for a 50 per cent deposit and then the other half the week before we arrive.