|Manchester City and West Ham fans scrambling to get flights and hotels in Istanbul and Prague are being urged to avoid scoring an own goal by getting scammed or booking with an unlicensed company in the rush to support their team.|
|As match tickets go on sale, demand for flights and accommodation to Istanbul for Manchester City’s Champions League Final on 10 June and West Ham’s Europa Conference League final in Prague on 7 June will be on the increase.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority, which runs the ATOL travel protection scheme, is warning football fans to be on the lookout for scammers preying on fans and to check for ATOL protection.
Just this week, the ATOL scheme teamed up with Action Fraud to launch a holiday fraud campaign. Action Fraud reported that in the last financial year, it received 6,457 reports of holiday fraud, amounting to over £15 million lost.
Travel fraud encompasses many different tactics employed by criminals to dupe unsuspecting members of the public. The most frequent holiday frauds are clone comparison websites, airline websites, and holiday websites.
The regulator is urging fans to take the appropriate steps by checking whether their booking will be protected by ATOL, as well as protect themselves by taking out travel insurance and not replying to unsolicited emails, texts, social media, or calls with offers.
Fans should also pay safe, such as booking with a credit card if they have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases and are obliged to refund you in certain circumstances.
Michael Budge, Head of ATOL said:
Top tips to protect yourself:
Football Fans Warned of Travel Scams as European Finals Loom
Manchester City and West Ham fans scrambling to get flights and hotels in Istanbul and Prague are being urged to avoid scoring an own goal by getting scammed or booking with an unlicensed company in the rush to support their team
26 May 2023