Staying protected against holiday scams

The travel industry is predicting a huge surge in holiday bookings this year as COVID-19 restrictions relax around the world.

Sending over large sums of money for flights and holiday bookings is a recipe for disaster if you aren’t being careful. For a cyber criminal, this has money signs written all over it!

Many people use work email addresses or work computers to make these purchases, and that puts their company business data at risk too.

To keep your money and sensitive data safe, we recommend the following: scam

  • Scammers might use cancelled holidays/flights as an opportunity to target you through phishing emails asking you to contact them for a refund. Only share sensitive info with official company representatives by contacting them directly yourself.

  • If you receive a random call from a travel provider offering you cheap holiday deals, hang up the phone and contact them directly yourself.

  • Make sure you book everything through reputable travel agents, airlines or hotels.

  • When arranging any PCR tests, make sure you are booking through your airline directly, or through GOV registered sites. Scammers certainly have capitalised on the pandemic, it’s so easy for them to create a fake PCR test website to make some quick cash.

For more advice on how to keep both personal and business data safe, please contact us to have a chat with one of our experts.