Cifas warns holiday makers to be vigilant of scams following collapse of Thomas Cook

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, is warning holiday makers to be vigilant of scams following the collapse of holiday company Thomas Cook earlier this week.

Mike Haley, Chief Executive Officer of Cifas, said, ’Scammers are quick to react to opportunities such as the collapse of Thomas Cook, and we’ve already seen reports that they are looking to take advantage of affected holiday makers.

‘If you did book a holiday with Thomas Cook, be cautious if you receive unsolicited calls or emails from companies suggesting that you rebook your holiday through them, or offering you a holiday that’s much cheaper than it should be. Remember never to give bank details or personal information such as passwords or PINs, or to transfer money quickly – especially if you are being put under pressure to do so.

‘If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud then speak to your bank immediately, and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.’