You may have seen in some of the National Press recently, stories of unfortunate people who have booked an expensive holiday only to find out after that they have in fact been scammed. It works like this. A fraudster hacks into the email account of a genuine holiday home owner and then intercepts all their enquiry emails. The hacker replies to the holiday maker offering what seems like a "too good to be missed" deal that is only available for a very limited period and that the customer must pay for in full and up front. The genuine owner and customer may know nothing of this fraud until the holiday maker arrives at their destination and the owner knows nothing about them. It is a practice known as phishing.
So how do you protect yourself against this type of scam? In fact it is simple if you take a few common-sense steps.