Cyber criminals are targeting Booking.com customers

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  • Victims of the scam were told via text that they must change their password
  • Once they clicked on the link given hackers had full access to booking details
  • Thieves then sent a follow-up message requesting an immediate full payment  

Charlotte Dean For Mailonline

Cyber thieves are sending Booking.com customers bogus texts warning of a security breach in a bid to steal cash.

Victims of the scam were told via Whatsapp and text messages that due to a security breach they must change their account password.

However once they clicked on the link given in the message the hackers had full access to the customers booking details.

They then sent them a further message warning that a full payment for their holiday accommodation was needed with bank details to send it to.

Cyber thieves are sending Booking.com customers bogus texts warning of a security breach enabling them to steal hundreds of thousands of pounds

Cyber thieves are sending Booking.com customers bogus texts warning of a security breach enabling them to steal hundreds of thousands of pounds

Cyber thieves are sending Booking.com customers bogus texts warning of a security breach enabling them to steal hundreds of thousands of pounds

However once Booking.com customers clicked on the link given in the message the hackers had full access to the customers booking details (stock image)

However once Booking.com customers clicked on the link given in the message the hackers had full access to the customers booking details (stock image)

However once Booking.com customers clicked on the link given in the message the hackers had full access to the customers booking details (stock image)

Due to the thieves access to booking details including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates, prices and reference numbers the texts appeared legitimate. 

Marketing manager David Watts, 35, of Newcastle, told the Sun: ‘It looked very believable and I can believe people fell for it.’

However even if alert customers avoided falling for the scam the hackers still managed to retrieve personal data.  

Booking.com reported that their systems were not compromised, but hotels it works with on a separate portal were and customers will be compensated.  

Victims of the scam were told via Whatsapp and text messages that due to a security breach they must change their account password

Victims of the scam were told via Whatsapp and text messages that due to a security breach they must change their account password

Victims of the scam were told via Whatsapp and text messages that due to a security breach they must change their account password

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