How to avoid being a victim of holiday scams
It is easy to get carried away with excitement when you are planning and booking a lovely villa in the sun. Especially if you think you can ‘bag a bargain’.
However, if a deal looks ‘too good to be true’, it probably is.
Compare the deal you have found with other similar deals online. If what you have found is a great deal cheaper than all the competition, that’s a red flag!
#1 Don’t be rushed into booking by the ‘owner’ saying that this deal will be withdrawn quickly if you don’t book.
#2 Don’t pay the owner directly. Paying through the holiday platform can offer some protection
#3 Make sure you have direct communication with the holiday home owner/manager. Ask them questions about the locality, transport links etc.
#4 Check all the independent Reviews of the property and the owner’s responses. While it is true that Reviews can be faked. A good few years of reviews offers some reassurance.
#5 Check the availability calendar is updated. If it isn’t and the high season is all showing vacant ask yourself why?
#6 Check the owners social media accounts.
#7 How long has the property been on the platform? The longer the better.
#8 Try to get the contact details of the owner and get the address of the property. Once you have these go to Google Maps to pin point the property to make sure it is there.
#9 Above all, use a credit card to make your payment. They off the best protection.