Posted by Aston Avery

Listen: how to avoid falling victim to a holiday scam

It is no secret that January is the busiest month for securing great holiday deals, with travel companies unveiling prices that are too good to miss. With the first pay check of the year on the horizon, and the Easter holidays fast approaching, people will soon rush to make the most of the final January sales.

New research from Nationwide as part of its scam prevention efforts shows that nearly 6 in 10 (58%) don’t know or aren’t sure on how to check if a travel agent, tour operator or holiday booking is legitimate or not.

But is our desire to bag a bargain making people more vulnerable to travel and holiday scams? A staggering number of respondents (32%) admit they would rush into booking a holiday without thoroughly checking the deal first, making them prime targets for unscrupulous scammers.

Aston spoke to Jim Winters, fraud and scam prevention expert at Nationwide Building Society.

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