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    Steer Clear of Holiday Scams

    Research carried out by travel insurer LV= has revealed that one in ten Britons has been the victim of a scam whilst holidaying abroad.Typical cons involve shopkeepers hiking prices when they see tourists coming, timeshare fraudsters and taxi drivers taking the 'scenic route'. People interviewed for the study claimed the average cost of falling victim is £250.The problem is rife across European resorts, with a fifth of British tourists having been targeted over the last five years. Some of the most popular destinations tend to be the worst offenders, including Spain, Tenerife, Paris and Turkey.The findings also show that couples are twice as likely to be scammed as other holiday makers, but one in five target backpackers. LV= has published a very useful list of tips to help travellers avoid cons. Here's my selection of the best:
    • Ask your hotel reception to negotiate the price of a taxi journey before you set off.
    • If you feel like you are being pressured in a market, walk away and do not be tempted just to pay up.
    • If you are paying with a credit or debit card, do not let the store or restaurant owner take it out of your sight.
    • If you are hiring a car, go to a reputable company that you recognise the name of or ask in your hotel for a good local company.
    • Don't drop your guard just because you're on holiday - protect your safety and personal information in the same way you would at home.
    • Ensure you have travel insurance in place, so if the worst happens and you are a victim of crime, you do not end up out of pocket.

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