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Spanish holidaymakers warned about scratchcards

26 January 2009 09:57

Spanish holidaymakers warned about scratchcards

Holidaymakers that have booked to break in Spain have been warned to keep a look out for bogus holiday clubs by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Bogus holiday club scams cost UK tourists millions of pounds a year and the OFT Scambusters Team and officers from local authority trading standards are taking to the streets to inform the public.

Thousands of fake holiday club scratchcards, which resemble those given out by ticket touts, will be offloaded at airports so potential travellers know what to expect when they go away.

Staff from the European Consumer Centre in Spain will be at Malaga airport reiterating the message.

Research from the OFT found that the average loss to a victim of the scam is £3,030, with holidaymakers sitting through lengthy presentations and buying something they didn't want.

Those travelling to Spain should make sure they take out travel insurance to cover them for their break.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18613325-ADNFCR