'Immediate red flag' Key ways you could be 'being scammed' on last-minute holiday


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Check for contact details

Always be wary of third-party websites, especially if there aren’t any visible contact details.

Mr Campbell said: “You should always be suspicious of websites that don’t have an available customer service number and no physical address.”

Us a credit card to book

According to Mr Campbell, it’s much safer to use a credit card instead of a debit card when booking anything online.

Fraudulent charges made on a credit card can usually be disputed, whereas the process with a debit card can be slightly more complicated.

How to claim compensation safely

Always be wary of fraudulent compensation emails dropping into your inbox.

Mr Campbell said: “If you receive an email purporting to be sent by a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) representative, delete it straight away.

“The CAA advises affected passengers to contact their airline in the first instance.”

If you’re hoping to make a claim after a cancelled flight, always check the airline’s terms and conditions first.

Mr Campbell said: “Whilst most airlines will provide a refund or an alternative flight, some may also provide assistance during the disruption.

“Also, remember to check your travel insurance as this may cover you for the cost of accommodation and other additional expenses.”


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