Holiday makers in Derbyshire are being urged to take extra security steps to protect themselves against fraudsters this summer.
A City of London Police report revealed that fraudsters stole an estimated £2.2million from unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2014.
The most common type of crime involved fraudsters hacking into the accounts of owners on well-known accommodation sites or spoofing the websites with convincing bogus imitations.
Disappointed holidaymakers found the villas and apartments they thought they had booked and paid for were non-existent or had never been booked.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit said: “Families work hard to save up for their holiday and fraudsters are taking advantage of this by offering deals that seem too good to miss, which saw over 1,500 cases being reported last year.
“Always do your research and check that the company and the website address that you are using are legitimate and have not been altered, such as changing from .com to .org.
“If the deal sounds too good to be true then it probably is.”