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Northern Ireland police have sent out warnings as hotel booking scams are on the rise.


“Fake” websites have been popping up online and the police have urged anyone to check what they are buying is legitimate before giving away any details.


The PSNI and the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) are stressing that holidaymakers should be aware of "fake offers," and to remain “vigilant.”



Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said:


"People are being duped into booking hotel rooms and apartments that simply do not exist via 'fake' websites and social media posts.


"I would encourage all travellers to be vigilant if and when making an online booking."


The Superintendent added that before you part with your money and personal details, you should visit the actual site offering the deal and read reviews of the hotel you’ve selected to stay in.



The authenticity of the website needs to be investigated and if you are still uncertain, contact the hotel directly to check if they recognise the online site making the offer, advised Mr Walls.


Any suspicious activity can be reported to Action Fraud via their website or by phoning 0300 123 2040




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