Friday, 30 May 2014

Holiday fraud warning

Beware bogus holiday company websites displaying false “ATOL protected” logos, warns the Civil Aviation Authority. The ATOL (air travel organiser’s licence) scheme is designed to ensure consumers booking holidays by air don’t lose their money – and are brought home - if a travel firm goes bust. But the Authority has become aware of a number of bogus sites displaying unauthorised logos, operated from abroad and offering” unusually cheap deals”. Tell tale signs to look out for include the lack of an ATOL reference number or address, a requirement to pay by bank transfer because there’s no means of paying on line – and being told the prices has increased after the initial deposit has been paid., It says: A steady stream of duped holidaymakers have been in touch with the CAA and dozens more have contacted trading standards teams and police forces across the country.” Consumers are advised to make sure the logo has the required reference number and check via the CAA website that it belongs to a registered company.

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