Holiday & WhatsApp scams + Suspicious activity
Beat The Phishers
  • Never click on links or attachments in emails from people you don’t know. Consider them malicious and forward them to
  • If the ‘caller display’ on your phone doesn’t tell you it is someone you know, let your answer phone take a message.The more you engage, the more of these calls you’ll get.
  • Always end communication immediately with anyone who begins asking for money.
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Dear <<First Name>>
Incredibly cheap online deal?
If the price for your flight or holiday is considerably cheaper than the average cost elsewhere, you should be suspicious. Flight prices are largely set by airlines – with travel agents having some leeway – so, charging significantly less is often a sign that there may be a scammer behind the offer.
Look out for logos
Seeing the Atol logo in your travel company’s brochures, adverts and websites should mean your holiday will be protected. You can use the Check an Atol facility on the CAA website to check the Atol details of your travel company and the authenticity of any claims it’s making. The law says you should be given an Atol certificate as soon as you have booked and paid money for your holiday.
Watch out for fake listings
If a listing asks you to pay by bank transfer or outside the internal system it’s probably a scam. Don’t be tempted to follow a weblink that arrives in an email. Always use the official site and do it from there. 
Bank transfer the only option?
Paying by direct bank transfer means your money will be very difficult to trace should something go wrong and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card. If you feel confident it’s not a scammer and you’re willing to make payment to the individual, make sure you use a secure payment site like PayPal.
A silver Ford Mondeo, Reg KC56 XGL has recently been spotted during the early hours around local farms and business addresses. The male occupants have been seen poking around these premises but when disturbed have jumped back in the car and sped off.
If you see any suspicious activity at any time of day or night, please report it immediately to the police on 101 or even 999 if it looks like a crime is about to be committed.
Several daily papers have reported that the WhatsApp technique of messages masquerading as from a son or daughter in urgent need of money has been adapted to SMS and text messages.  The ‘Hi Mum’ and ‘Hi Dad’ scams have netted £1.5m in just six months so if you get such a request for money, ignore it until you have spoken to son or daughter in person to determine it is a genuine request.
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