I bet many of those lucky people who did not have to spend the bank holiday working went fishing.
Nothing nicer than spending a peaceful couple of hours on the riverbank, enjoying the sunshine while trying to hook dinner.
Except for one thing - there are other people out there intent on making a catch and unless you are careful, it might be you that is hooked.
According to the latest research almost half of internet users have received spam emails aimed at tricking them into revealing personal information.
These "phishing" emails - often disguised as genuine bank emails - are sent to trick people into revealing details that could allow a fraudster to steal money from their accounts.
They have become increasingly sophisticated and will often direct the user to a false website via a hyperlink.
According to data from AOL, around five per cent of users have already lost money through different online scams.
These include paying for items ordered over the web which never arrive and sending cash following a demand from a bogus email.
And of those who had lost money as a result of phishing emails, the majority - 53 per cent - were not compensated by either their bank or credit card provider. A further 11 per cent are still waiting for compensation.
Their customers may not realise it, but banks are seldom under obligation to provide compensation, with many terms and conditions transferring responsibility on to the account holder in the event they are negligent in revealing their personal details to a third party.
AOL says a quarter of respondents were not aware that they would be liable for lost money as the result of unwittingly providing their details.
In addition, the amounts stolen were often small - around £50 - which allowed the fraudsters to carry on undetected.
So what should we do? Will Smith, AOL's safety and security expert, advises: " Phishers are becoming increasingly sophisticated at spoofing legitimate brands and it is often difficult to spot a scam, so it's crucial that people protect themselves.
"As well as using spam filters and being wary of unsolicited emails, we would advise internet users to check their bank balance regularly and read their bank's terms and conditions, so that they know their rights in case they fall victim to an online scam.
"While many UK banks are currently compensating losses incurred as the result of phishing, this might not always happen."
Hackers and fraudsters are also stepping up their efforts to attack business users, in particular small firms.
The Forum of Private Business has warned companies to be on their guard in the light of figures from internet security firm Symantec, which noticed a huge surge in phishing attacks in the second half of last year.
According to the FPB's own 2004 bank survey, almost half of small firms now routinely use online banking.
And unless they want to be badly compromised, they too must be on their guard, making sure their online defences are up to date.