The scams that will swindle Brit tourists out of millions next year – and how to avoid them | The Sun

HOLIDAYMAKERS have been warned of the top scams to avoid when heading on holiday in the new year.

With money to spend and relaxation on their minds, anyone jetting off overseas can become easy targets for con artists.

The team at have revealed how to avoid dodgy deals while on holiday abroad.

Public WiFi

In the 21st Century, everyone expects WiFi access as they travel through cafes and airports.

But many public networks aren't secure, so avoid using sites and apps that involve inputting personal information such as contact or bank details.

If you do need a secure internet connection, try using a VPN (virtual private network) to block anyone from accessing your personal data.

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While pick pocketing may be the oldest scam in the book, perpetrators are becoming more and more creative.

A person trying to grab your wallet may interact with you directly to allow another person to steal your valuables while you're distracted.

In crowded public places keep your personal belongings in a money belt or a bum bug, and try to leave your valuables at home or in the hotel safe.

Activities and excursions 

Book additional holiday activities through an official travel agent because some illegitimate companies may lack vital health and safety precautions.

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If your desired excursion is only available through a third-party, make sure to do your research and read previous customer reviews.


Unregulated taxis can take advantage of tourists who will be none the wiser to typical fares, while some holidaymakers can be charged with higher rates or taken to the wrong end destination.

Try to travel with licensed taxi firms as opposed to the first available vehicle on the road – in several countries many taxi drivers are required to carry and display their ID badge.

Make sure to ask how much the drive will cost before starting the journey too – this will give you a good feel for a trustworthy taxi driver.


For anyone booking hotels directly, read the online reviews with pictures to get a good feel of the accommodation, and book through a reputable travel agency if possible.

Other scams to avoid include fake PCR tests and photographers at famous landmarks – they're quite often scam artists at work.

Meanwhile consumer champion Which? has detailed the six most common frauds travellers need to be aware of including dodgy flight deals and documentation fraud.

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