Disappointed holidaymakers found the villas and apartments they thought they had booked and paid for were non-existent or had never been booked. UK caravan stays were also targeted with adverts for non-existent accommodation posted on Facebook, Gumtree and Craigslist. Due to the nature of the crime, losses to the individual can be substantial with the average loss being £889. In one single case a member of the public lost £62,000 in a fraud relating to timeshare. Losses are not just financial, with a third of victims saying that the fraud had a substantial impact on their health as well as their financial well-being. 167 victims reported that the impact of the crime was so severe that they had had to receive medical treatment. Get the full story at Travel Daily UK