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Friday 27 September 2019

Scammers take advantage of Thomas Cook collapse

There are plenty of scumbags out there and it didn't take them long to take advantage of the collapse of British travel agency icon Thomas Cook.

These are probably the same low-lives that convince innocent little old ladies that they have fallen in love with a handsome Nigerian muscle man.

Travel Mole reports that police are warning fraudsters have started targeting Thomas Cook customers, offering refunds to those who are silly enough to share their bank or credit card details over the phone.

Con artists claiming to be "Thomas Cook refund agents" are randomly calling people promising to refund money paid for holidays with the collapsed tour operator.

They're allegedly asking for card details, including the three-digit security code, in order to process payments.

Good luck with that.

Thomas Cook customers have been told to contact the Civil Aviation Authority to arrange a refund for package holidays, or contact their insurer if they had airline failure cover for flight-only bookings.

In a separate scam, fraudsters claiming to be from foreign hotels are also allegedly contacting Thomas Cook clients. They appear be calling from premium-rate numbers, so people are being advised not to respond to calls.

The message is: Don't be a goose.

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