Two people are to appear in court in London next week to
face accusations that they attempted to defraud holidaymakers over the
Evangela Liogka, aged 38, and Christakis Philippou, aged 62,
are both due to appear at City of Westminster magistrates court, charged with
conspiracy to defraud. Both reside in London.
The couple were arrested on Saturday by Metropolitan
Police, who were investigating a holiday Web site fraud. According to reports,
over 3,000 U.K. citizens have fallen victim to a scam involving fraudulent
The Metropolitan Police wasn't able to give further details
of the alleged offences, but it has published a warning that it is investigating five Web sites. These
are www.sunmedresorts.com, www.unbeatableholidays.com, www.holidayrez.com, www.holidaysforunder200pounds.com and ww.holidayez.com. On Monday,
only the last two sites were working.
It's understood that the Office of Fair Trading has been
working with the Metropolitan Police on the investigation, after its Consumer Direct arm received several complaints from people who
had paid for holidays that never materialized.
The Association of British Travel Agents has recommended
that people check its own Web site or that of other affiliated organisations to
make sure any holiday firm is legitimate before handing over money.
Earlier this summer, the Attorney General warned that UK police
are failing to protect and support businesses and individuals who suffer
Internet fraud, as many people don't even know how to report such a crime.