Although many countries have now been lifted coronavirus restrictions for visitors, a trip expert warns British against vaccine passport and passenger finder are scams that allow them to be let out of the bag. According to Ian Strafford-Taylor van FairFx“confused” vacationers could see themselves handing themselves information or large sums of money in an attempt to fulfill false or unnecessary Covid requirements.
Fair FX is urging Britons to investigate the documentation required when entering a destination and to be aware of any scams trying to persuade holidaymakers to purchase passenger locator forms.
If the country you are traveling to needs them, the documents are free, but the consumer watchdog Which one? previously caught with unscrupulous companies charging travelers as much as £75.
The investigation found that some scams appeared even higher in search engine results than on the official site.
Mr Strafford-Taylor said: “Entry requirements vary between destinations, and because the rules change so often there is room for confusion putting holidaymakers at risk of fraudsters.
“Always refer back to trusted and reputable sources such as government and embassy websites to verify your information.”
For accurate and up-to-date information on travel requirements and links to official forms, visit gov.uk and find your destination on the overseas travel advice page.
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Covid vaccine passport scam
While proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is a fairly common part of international travel in the post-pandemic world, it’s another thing that scammers have been quick to exploit.
When vaccine passports were initially introduced for travel, several email scams did the rounds inviting people to apply for a digital vaccine passport.
However, the NHS website it linked to was fake.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) warned that these emails were a phishing ploy to extract people’s personal information and facilitate identity theft.
Katherine Hart, a senior official at CTSI, said last summer, when the scam was first discovered: “This is another example of unscrupulous fraudsters taking advantage of the pandemic to line their pockets.
“We all hope that the summer will bring some fun after a period of unprecedented challenges for everyone, but scammers want to ruin that.
“It is vital that we not only avoid these scams, but report them to Action Fraud, or, if we are in Scotland, contact Police Scotland.”
Mr Strafford-Taylor added: “To avoid getting caught, never click on links in unsolicited emails.
“Check online to see if others have reported similar scams and if in doubt, don’t give out your personal information, especially credit or debit card information.”
If you believe you have received a phishing email, you should report it to the National Cyber Security Center at [email protected]