Unfortunately there is a sad sequel to last weeks' blog post "How to avoid Portugal Holiday Scams" and it seems our advice came too late for one unhappy family.


Portugal Holiday Scam 2


It turns out that following the hacking of an Owners Direct account one family were duped into paying the full amount for their Portugal Holiday into a total stranger's account.

The e-mail they received from the scammer was as follows

"Hi again xxxxx,

The new bank details for the balance are:

Address : Calle Elda 11, 03012, Alicante, Spain
IBAN : ES74 2100 5718 4601 0019 7562
ACC Number : 2100 5718 4601 0019 7562
BANK Address : C. Alfares 7, La Puebla De Montalban, Toledo, Spain

Use ase reference xxxxx910837

I will wait your email as soon as the transfer has been complete.


They have now little chance of getting back the money they have paid, well in excess of a £1000, whilst the owner of the property has also not received the balance due.

We urge people to use reputable holiday companies such as Portugal Holiday Destinations to secure their Portugal Holidays as the amount of scams via Owners Direct and similar websites has been alarmingly high this year.

We also strongly urge that people double check if they are asked to send their deposit and balance to different accounts.

Check out our previous post for more suggestions on how to avoid being scammed.

The Portugal Holiday Destinations team have been offering Luxury Villas for Holiday Rental on Portugal's Silver Coast for over 10 years. They were proud to be chosen as UEFA's official Villa Rental partner for the Euro 2004 championships and also to provide accommodation for the BBC during the same tournament. Kevin, Toni and Richard have all lived in the country for over 20 years and have a wealth of experience to share with potential investors, tourists or expats. If you feel we can be of any help please leave a comment or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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