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Government warns of online holiday scams

The UK government, headed by its Internet security website Get Safe Online, has today teamed up with travel association Abta to issue a warning to UK holidaymakers looking for those elusive online bargains. It would appear that many online consumers are leaving themselves wide open to fraud and online scams purely and simply because they never check the authenticity of the holiday websites they're using.

A number of holidaymakers have already stepped forward to confirm that those "dream holidays" which seemed too good to be true, were too good to be true, and never existed. It is very easy to check the authenticity or any holiday company simply by checking whether they are member of a recognised trade association before you actually hand over your credit card details. More and more consumers are finding out the hard way about online security, which is a two-way system, and consumers need to do their bit to maintain an efficient and safe environment.

As we mentioned above, the simple rule of thumb should be that if a bargain looks too good to be true then you need to check out to see exactly who is offering the bargain. It is also very easy to check whether an online payment page is secure by looking towards the bottom right-hand corner and ensuring that the secure payment system sign of a padlock is clearly visible. Anybody who goes ahead dealing with websites that they have never heard of and never check their background's are literally leaving themselves open to fraud.

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