We have recently seen a huge increase in phone calls and enquiries regarding certain websites and if they are safe to use. Unfortunately there are a few Magaluf websites out there – solely created to take your money then just like that they disappear. Like any good scam, these websites aim to look real – using stolen images and content from other websites. No body wants to be that one guy in the group explaining where all their friends event money has gone. Simply follow our safety steps below and all will be fine.
The below are industry standards which every professional company should adhere to.
Always check to see if the website is legitimate by checking if they are registered under a company name. This is a good way to check if the website owners are who they say they are. By LAW any website involving payment transactions needs to declare a company name and number – normally situated in the footer of the website like below. If there is no company name, address or contact number then do the maths…. Make note that the website could also be using a fake company number so take a minute and verify the company number here. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/.
2.GREEN PADLOCK IN THE URL (SSL CERTIFICATE)
If your in doubt check to see if the website your looking at has HTTPS in the menu (GREEN PAD LOCK). An SSL is imperative when purchasing online. If the website your looking to buy from doesn’t have a green HTTPS in the URL menu then don’t do it. The (S) at the end of the HTTP is a Security Certificate. HTTPS protocol, SSL is a secure way to send encrypted information between a server and a browser. Sites that use HTTPS safeguard their visitors’ information. The SSL will keep Hackers and thieves out of the loop. Without it, any computer between a user and the server can theoretically intercept that information. An SSL Certificate is pretty much deemed a standard code of conduct for any legitimate business. Just look for the GREEN PADLOCK IN THE URL.
Every e-commerce company should really provide you with a contact phone number and email address. If your having doubts why not call the number on the site and see who picks up the phone. If its a steal yard company in Wales then we’d probably just hang up as thats quite simply the definition of a SCAM! Also a good tact is to email the website to see email response time or even if they respond at all. The last contact option would be to write them a letter but thats too much hassle really. If the website doesn’t have any of the above – CONTACT NUMBER, EMAIL or ADDRESS, then what happens if you need to contact them or if you need to alter your booking?
In such a saturated market scammers are now also turning to social media setting up accounts then paying for 50,000 LIKES so they look legitimate – All in aid of leading (YOU) into a false sense of security. If in doubt you can check the Facebook page FOUNDED date. This will show you exactly how long the companies social page has been ACTIVE for. If the page was only created last week but now has 70k likes then need we say more… IT’S A SCAM!!! You can check a social pages enrol date by clicking on ABOUT on the left menu and then check the FOUNDED date. see example above.
5.RANDOM ADDS & MESSAGES ON FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM
A scammer will see that you’ve liked a recent Magaluf picture or post and ADD YOU ON FACEBOOK. The scammer will be all friendly inviting you to their webpage for special deals on Magaluf event tickets. You wouldn’t go down a dark alley with a stranger, so you sure as hell shouldn’t be following strangers asking you to come to their website and hand them your card details. If you are approached then the best thing to do is SHARE the message, tag FEELSUMMER and well also SHARE your post so every one else knows who and what to look out for.
So there we have it our top tips. But seriously if you only skimmed through this article just make sure you at least do your research before buying online or just reserve your tickets with us today at FEEL SUMMER. We’d also like to add that at FEELSUMMER we pride ourselveses on excellent customer service and adhering to the highest standards online.
If you have any questions or concerns about any scam websites then please get in touch with us via our free phone ticket line on 0800 009 6344 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org