Question from dan, What steps can I take if I believe I’ve been scammed by a company like Booking.com in the UK?
Answer from AI:
If you believe you’ve been scammed by a company like Booking.com and they’re not responding to your refund requests, there are several steps you can take in the UK. However, it’s important to remember that this information is general in nature and may not apply to your specific situation. For personalized advice, you should consult with a legal professional.
1. Contact the Company Directly
Your first step should always be to contact the company directly. You’ve mentioned that you’ve already done this and haven’t received a response. If you haven’t already, try reaching out through different channels, such as their customer service phone line or social media accounts.
2. File a Complaint with the Company
If you’re not getting a response, or if you’re unsatisfied with the response, you can escalate your complaint within the company. Many companies have a formal complaint process that you can follow.
3. Contact Your Bank or Credit Card Company
If you paid with a credit or debit card, you might be able to dispute the charge with your bank or credit card company. This is often called a chargeback. The Financial Conduct Authority provides information on how to do this.
4. File a Complaint with a Trade Association
If the company is a member of a trade association, you can also file a complaint with that association. For example, Booking.com is a member of the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), which has a complaint process for customers.
5. File a Complaint with a Consumer Protection Agency
In the UK, you can file a complaint with the Citizens Advice consumer service, which provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues. They can guide you on the next steps to take.
6. Consider Legal Action
If none of the above steps resolve your issue, you might consider taking legal action. This could involve making a claim in the small claims court. However, this should be a last resort, as it can be time-consuming and potentially expensive. You should consult with a legal professional before taking this step.
Remember: It’s important to keep records of all your communications with the company, as well as any evidence of the scam, as these may be needed if you decide to take further action.