Brits keen to book a getaway after months of lockdown are being warned to watch out for cruel scammers.

Some of those targeted by scams only find out they’ve been conned when they arrive at the airport and are unable to check in.

Figures show almost a third of people hit by holiday fraud are duped by an advert on social media, with Facebook being the most common platform where people were targeted. Others were fooled by a fake website that looked like the real thing.

Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, is asking people to be vigilant when tempted to arrange a holiday.

We are all keen for a getaway – but keep your wits about you when making an online booking

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “We are all more eager than ever to go on a holiday and relax with family and friends, following the coronavirus pandemic. However, criminals will stop at nothing when it comes to defrauding…

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