Fraudsters offering scam holidays at Ayr’s Craig Tara Holiday Park have sparked a police alert.
It follows reports of fake lettings being flogged to the public at the popular park.
We revealed yesterday how one Scots mum spent £250 on a non-existent caravan break for her disabled mum.
Cops are now warning the public to be on their guard amid a rise in “fake online adverts” offering rentals that do next exist.
Constable Daniel Small, of the Ayrshire Division Acquisitive Crime Team, said: “We are aware of recent incidents where people have made bookings to rent caravans at an Ayrshire caravan park and victims left out of pocket when the caravan in question is then found not to be owned by the person posing to be the owner.
“I would ask anyone who may have been a victim of this or anyone with information on this type of crime to contact us.
“This scam is not unique to Ayrshire, scammers will use various methods and deals to lure victims.
“You should book a holiday direct with the site operators or through a reputable agent.
“If you decide to deal direct with the property owner you should ask questions about the holiday on offer and be extra cautious if you’re asked to pay using a money transfer service or cash.
“Look out for anything suspicious in the details, pictures or address of the property on offer or if independent website reviews aren’t favourable or don’t exist.
“Police Scotland can be contacted by calling 101, in an emergency always dial 999. Information on crime can also be passed to the independent charity CrimeStoppers by calling 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.”
Furious Lynn Brown, of Bellshill, told yesterday how she was ripped off by an online crook when trying to send her mum on a break at the Ayr park. The caravan she booked turned out to be bogus.
She revealed: “My mum was almost crying. She had been scammed out of money and was standing in the rain.”