Remembering the warning signs

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logo_abtaAs the holiday booking season moves into full gear, the scammers, the fraudsters and the less than honest will start their fun and games as well.

To be prepared and not be conned by these crooks, ABTA has issued a list of things that you should be on the look-out for. They are –

  •  Flight or holiday prices that are considerably cheaper than competitors. Flight prices are largely set by the airlines so although agents have some leeway in price, if the agent you’re contacting is charging significantly less than everyone else, this could be a sign that something is not quite right.
  • Low resolution, “fuzzy” logos for trade associations and credit card companies.
  • The only payment option is a bank transfer. Not only is this an indication that no bank is prepared to provide credit card facilities, but if you are dealing with a scammer it will be virtually impossible to get your money back.
  • Non-receipt of tickets – constantly being “fobbed off”.
  • If a company is defrauding people, there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experiences and warnings about the company. So if for any reason you’re not sure, do a search online before booking.

You can also check to see if they are members of ABTA or AITO. ( Association of Independent Travel Operators) You can also check to see if a company is covered by the ATOL scheme which provides some surety if a company collapses. If a company appears on just one of these sites you can be assured it is a legitimate company.

But as ABTA says, if something seems too good to be true, distrust it until you can feel happy yourself that the company is legitimate.

And we at Just about Travel would like to know about any dodgy companies so we can let other readers know. Please send details to editor@justabouttravel.net.

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