‘We’ve booked online before and the website looked genuine. It came up as the number one search on Google,’
after an email exchange with the website’s staff, Ann, a 39-year-old PR director, felt content as she transferred £6,000 via BACS direct to the villa owners for her two-week holiday.
It was a scam, of course. But you’d think that as the money could only have been sent via BACS to a UK bank account, and since that UK bank account was opened and maintained in accordance with our strict KYC and AML regulations, it should have been easy for the police to simply pop round and arrest the perps.