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