Detectives issue scam warning to holidaymakers

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Detectives have issued advice on how people might avoid falling victim to holiday booking frauds.

Victims are often scammed by fraudulent advertisements of holiday villas and apartments.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “The most common reported scams related to holiday accommodation, airline tickets and package holidays, particularly around group, sport and religious packages.

“Firstly, 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.

“Secondly, check whether the company that you are using is a member of a recognised trade body.”