More and more people are booking static Caravan holidays online and over social media. Many people just paying directly to the ‘supposed’ owners! Some people spending hundreds of pounds on package holidays at U.K. static caravan sites, then on arrival finding out the real owner had no idea who they were.
People are now making fake identities, fake pages to publicise ‘their holiday home’ they’re renting out. Booking families into holiday homes they do not own! And just taking the money. Then vanishing off the face of the earth, blocking numbers and ignoring messages. Be aware, it’s a holiday scam.
BBC News Reported On The Scam
“Jane Clark, from Stevenston in Ayrshire, advised people not to believe what they read and make proper checks. She booked a bank holiday weekend at the Craig Tara caravan site near Ayr and paid £180 plus a £50 deposit.
Ms Clark said: “It was a last-minute thing and after a look on Facebook I saw an advert.”
She sent messages to the Facebook profile and arranged to transfer money to a bank account. Ms Clark was told to pick up the keys from the holiday park reception at 18:00 on the day.
It was her son who noticed messages on the social media site warning that the holiday offer was a scam. Ms Clark tried to send further messages to the woman she had booked with but was “blocked” and received no reply. She said her three children were devastated and she had lost hard-earned money that she could not afford to lose.
Haven, the holiday firm that runs the Craig Tara site, said it had recently introduced state-of-the-art software that seeks to target and report suspicious pages and listings across social media sites.”
BBC Scotland said they had spoken dozens of people who had been affected by the caravan holiday scam! And we also hear a lot about the nightmare story of people being robbed of their money and break.
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