Bogus holiday clubs in Spain should prepare for combat
The OFT and enforcement partners from 5 other European Nations have joined forces in an EU-funded project to combat bogus holiday clubs operating in Spain.
The 28th May was declared a European day of action to raise awareness amongst holidaymakers about the tactics used by bogus holiday clubs and to provide advice on how to avoid being scammed.
An estimated 400,000 UK consumers fall victim to this type of scam every year. What you should know:
If you are approached whilst on holiday by a "scratchcard tout" beware!
- The card will always be a winner
- To collect your prize you will have to attend a lengthy presentation about a holiday club
If you go to the presentation don't be taken in by:
- the luxury nature of the presentation venue
- slick nature of the presentation
- glossy brochures
- additional activities such as golf, tennis etc
Remember it is not an exclusive club and more than likely the holiday will not be great value.
If they give you a contract to sign think about these points:
- Are they putting the pressure on?
- Are you tempted to sign just so you can leave?
- Have they offered you a special discount offer valid for today only?
- Have you been given time to discuss the offer with your partner on your own?
What we can say is don't believe your ears, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!