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Don’t get scammed

06/03/2018 by Mark Allen

How to not get scammed when booking a holiday

  1. Never book from Ebay, Gumtree or any social media sites. These sites allow scammers to steal genuine photos and details of holidays and when they have full payment, disappear with your money.   
  2. If in any doubt, call the apartment or site owners for Butlins – Telephone Butlins Caravan village on 01754 614 444.
  3. Genuine traderswill always have the ability to take Visa card payments online and over the phone. Do not trust anyone if the only payment option is a bank transfer or internet banking. 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.
  4. Check the web address is legitimate and has not been manipulated by slight changes to a domain name, such as going from .co.uk to .org, .net, .biz or the name is misspelled slightly going from ButlinsBreak.co.uk You can also check the details of the domain name of the website at who.is – when was it registered? Recently could indicate an issue, while if the address is anonymous and information about the person or organisation that registered it cannot be viewed that could also be a warning sign.
  5. If your holiday is unbelievably cheap or a hugely discounted then in all probability, it is going to be too good to be true. We all love a bargain but it’s not worth the gamble of being ripped off.
  6. Always Make sure any website that you are putting your details in has the Site Identity button (a padlock) appears in your address bar when you visit a secure website. You can quickly find out if the connection to the website you are viewing is encrypted, and in some cases who owns the website. This should help you avoid malicious websites that are trying to obtain your personal information.
  7. Always check the website you are entering your details into has The Site Identity button a padlock that appears in the address bar when you visit a secure website. You can also find out if the connection to the website you are viewing is encrypted.

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