Wicklow residents urged to be aware of ‘staycation scams’ online
Wicklow residents are being urged to be aware of ‘staycation’ scams if they are booking holidays in Ireland online.
It comes in the wake of reports of a number of cloned sites being set up on social media offering special offers on hotels in Ireland.
In one incident, the Kilkenny Tourism agency’s social media account was cloned, and the cloned site was offering discounted rooms in a famous Kilkenny hotel.
The online fraudsters were asking people who clicked on the link to hand over their personal and banking details, and gardai have been made aware of this scam.
A new initiative has been set up in response to combat this type of crime and to make people more aware of online criminal activity.
FraudSMART has been set up by the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland and they are urging people to proceed with caution when booking staycations, as there has been an increased amount of incidents of fake sites, fake offers, and hoaxes regarding Irish tourism, as more and more people book holidays at home.
FraudSMART says people in Wicklow should be aware of scams including copycat websites, fake emails and ads on social media offering holiday deals at bargain prices.
People are being urged to never click into a seller’s website via an email link or social media advert.