The dreadful findings come in a new report from leading travel trade assembly ABTA, the City of London Police and adviser Get Safe Online.
Acts show a rise of 425 per cent in the amount lost to travel crooks – to £11.5 million in year from £2.2 million in 2014.
Individually people were conned out of wide £3,000 each.
Summer and Christmas time, when people tome last-minute flights home, are the peak times for criminals.
The young middle-aged, those in the 30-49 years division usually with young families, are the ones most targeted.
Floor a year almost 5,000 cases of holiday booking fraud were reported to the control.
Tips to avoid being a victim include:
* Checking out the web address is by law and not altered by slight changes to the domain name, for example from co.uk to .org
* Searching online a hard’s credentials and not relying on just one review
* Ensuring the com ny belongs to a trusted trade body