The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) has warned travellers about scams over the festive season.
While scams are a year-round occurrence, the association says that there is a surge around this time of year.
Most of these scams take the form of travel deals that are just too good to be true.
"ASATA is inundated at this time of year with tales of woe from travellers who have spent a fortune on a holiday, only to realise that the supplier to whom they have entrusted their hard-earned rands had no intention of booking their travel," ASATA CEO Otto de Vries says.
"This means that they have no recourse and more often than not are not able to travel because their unscrupulous travel suppliers have disappeared with their holiday cash."
So what should travellers do to prevent this?
ASATA suggests using only accredited travel agencies, as they are bound by a strict code of conduct.
In the case of ASATA, travellers are able to lodge complaints against their members should there be an issue.
So when you see a deal that might be too good to be true, make sure to do your research on the agency to see whether they are accredited.