Holiday rental scam victims fight back

The Kennedy family at the Mallorca villa

ANGRY victims of a holiday rental scam have launched a massive publicity campaign to warn of the dangers of rogue websites offering luxury dream getaways.
Fraudsters are believed to have pocketed more than £6.7 million in 2017 alone as the problem escalates – and it is expected 2018 figures will show even greater numbers of people being conned when they are released.
However, father-of-five Angus Kennedy is calling for banks to tighten security after allowing crooks the freedom to open accounts used in the money-spinning fraud – and believes they should have a ‘pot’ to compensate losers.

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  1. Car rental: Recently we book a car hire at Alicante airport arriving around midnight. The computer booking put 00:00 hours. The date we flown. On arrival, just before midnight on the same date, car hire company said, contract is cancelled and we need new contract . Insisting we didn’t pick up the car on time on booking document. Car was rented for week. It was not stated when we booked how accurate you have to be estimating your arrival. It shouldn’t make a difference if I pick the car up few hours later as plane can be delayed. It sound it like a scam. Any reason to cancel booking and issues new contract for far much more money. €190+€78 instead of £35 paid on line in England. That night there were lots of angry stranded cheated people. It spoiled our long deserved Spanish break.


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