British holidaymakers were conned out of some £2.2 million by internet fraudsters last year, according to a new report.
The most common crime involved hacking into accommodation owners' accounts on holiday rental websites and setting up bogus imitations. Result: when travellers arrived they found the villa or apartment they thought they'd booked didn't exist.
The report comes from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau of the City of London Police. The averages cost to consumers was £889.
Fake airline tickets are another cause for concern. And big sporting events, with scarce, high priced accommodation and tickets, also proved fertile ground for fraud.
Unlike some other frauds, these are not mainly aimed at older travellers but at tyne 30-49 age group. However, it pays to be alert - and pay by credit card so you have a chance of getting your money back.