Fake Ski Chalet's - Beware of the Scam
As another winter skiing season is in full swing, enticing deals to book that last minute 2017/18 seasons break are aplenty. But beware when booking. Action Fraud reported recently that, in 2017, fraudsters made off with over £230,000 of bookers money, an average of around £2,000 per person. These figures are only based on the cases reported to the police; it is expected that the real figure could be double this or more, as many cases go unreported.
Fake chalet listings on a number of web platforms set up by fraudsters, lure the unsuspecting public to book and pay large deposits and fees for their accommodation. It is not until those guests arrive in the cold of winter, on the side of a mountain to find there is no such accommodation in existence and no owner or agent in sight.
However, there are millions of winter sports travellers who head off to those beautiful snow-capped mountain destinations and have no trouble whatsoever. But thinking it won't happen to me, would be deemed careless if you don't do your due diligence when booking.
The effects of being scammed at this level are far-reaching, and for some, it leaves them with feelings of mistrust and not willing to book and travel abroad again.
Do thorough research before making any bookings and don't be afraid to ask for any evidence from the agent or the owners. We have put together some information that will help you when making you're booking - Veraccom advice
If you have been the victim of a scam like this or another, please report it to Action Fraud and contact them on - 0300-123-2040. By reporting the incident, you could help to stop this from happening again.