“I never got my money back from scam hol­i­day be­cause I paid by bank trans­fer”

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND’S NO.1 FOR REAL LIFE -

Karen Cock­burn, from Ed­in­burgh, was scammed of £896 while plan­ning her 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

I was look­ing for some­where to cel­e­brate my 50th birth­day.

I had planned to go away for the week­end with around 30 of my friends and fam­ily.

My friend sent me a link to a place she had found on so­cial me­dia that seemed per­fect.

It was called Pier Cot­tage Lodges. I checked out the web­site and their dif­fer­ent of­fers, they even had a Tripad­vi­sor page. I then got in touch with them to or­gan­ise my book­ing.

I spoke on the phone with a man named Kevin.

He never came across as pushy or ag­gres­sive, so I didn’t sus­pect at all. I tried to pay over the phone with credit card but the weather had been re­ally bad and he told me the sys­tem was down.

In the end, I paid my £896 de­posit via bank trans­fer into his ac­count.

A day later a friend called me to say it was all over the news­pa­pers that th­ese lodges were a scam. I went into a state of to­tal panic shock and em­bar­rass­ment, I couldn’t be­lieve it. I was phon­ing the man I had booked it with but I couldn’t get in touch.

I never got my money back as I paid through bank trans­fer.

Th­ese peo­ple are pro­fes­sion­als at what they do, it’s com­pletely shock­ing. I’m a very street­wise per­son and I was caught out, it can hap­pen to any­one.

Karen said she felt shocked and em­bar­rassed to dis­cover she had been scammed.

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