Prevention of Fraud in Travel http://www.profit.uk.com Fraud Prevention in the Travel Industry Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:21:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ploice probes law firms role in £50m holiday illness scam http://www.profit.uk.com/ploice-probes-law-firms-role-in-50m-holiday-illness-scam/ http://www.profit.uk.com/ploice-probes-law-firms-role-in-50m-holiday-illness-scam/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:21:05 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4521 The involvement of UK law firms in a £50 million holiday illness scam is reportedly being investigated by Scotland Yard. The disclosure came from a lawyer from a Spanish hotel group. Carolina Ruiz of Monex, a legal firm in Spain … Continue reading

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Collapsed Quartz Travel breached contract http://www.profit.uk.com/collapsed-quartz-travel-breached-contract/ http://www.profit.uk.com/collapsed-quartz-travel-breached-contract/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:17:47 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4519 The Freedom Travel Group has alleged that it discovered “significant breaches of contract” by Quartz Travel before it ceased trading last week. Notices appeared on the shop doors of Quartz Travel in York’s Heworth Road and Quartz Travel Lite in … Continue reading

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Family left stranded in Spain after Facebook villa scam http://www.profit.uk.com/family-left-stranded-in-spain-after-facebook-villa-scam/ http://www.profit.uk.com/family-left-stranded-in-spain-after-facebook-villa-scam/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:13:53 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4517 A family of seven from the UK claim they lost over €800 on a Facebook scam for a villa that didn’t exist. Sheeba Gharda booked the holiday last-minute after seeing the Marbella villa advertised on Facebook and received confirmation from … Continue reading

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Hotel sickness scam ringleader is taken into court http://www.profit.uk.com/hotel-sickness-scam-ringleader-is-taken-into-court/ http://www.profit.uk.com/hotel-sickness-scam-ringleader-is-taken-into-court/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:10:42 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4515 The heavily pregnant British expat being held in Majorca suspected of masterminding a holiday food poisoning scam was today taken to court in handcuffs. Laura Joyce, 28, and her mother Deborah Cameron, 59, were arrested at a luxury family home … Continue reading

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Equifax Hackers Stole 200k Credit Card Accounts http://www.profit.uk.com/equifax-hackers-stole-200k-credit-card-accounts/ http://www.profit.uk.com/equifax-hackers-stole-200k-credit-card-accounts/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:06:03 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4512 Visa and MasterCard are sending confidential alerts to financial institutions across the United States this week, warning them about more than 200,000 credit cards that were stolen in the epic data breach announced last week at big-three credit bureau Equifax. At … Continue reading

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Lowcost Group – reason for collapse still unknown http://www.profit.uk.com/lowcost-group-reason-for-collapse-still-unknown/ http://www.profit.uk.com/lowcost-group-reason-for-collapse-still-unknown/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:19:09 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4510 Administrators appointed following the collapse of Lowcosttravelgroup last summer owing tens of millions of pounds have still to establish a cause for the company going under. The latest progress report by administrators at Smith & Williamson says an investigation is … Continue reading

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Watchdog probes firms links with sickness claims companies http://www.profit.uk.com/watchdog-probes-firms-links-with-sickness-claims-companies/ http://www.profit.uk.com/watchdog-probes-firms-links-with-sickness-claims-companies/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:14:39 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4508 The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating 12 law firms it suspects of having “potentially improper links” with claims management firms in connection with holiday sickness claims. The legal firms are also being investigated over allegations of payments made for referrals … Continue reading

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YouTube video encouraging holiday sickness claims banned http://www.profit.uk.com/youtube-video-encouraging-holiday-sickness-claims-banned/ http://www.profit.uk.com/youtube-video-encouraging-holiday-sickness-claims-banned/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:10:39 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4505 A YouTube video encouraging holidaymakers to make sickness claims when they return from their trips has been banned following a complaint by ABTA. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld three complaints made by the travel association against the video, which … Continue reading

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Six arrested in fake holiday sickness claim operation http://www.profit.uk.com/six-arrested-in-fake-holiday-sickness-claim-operation/ http://www.profit.uk.com/six-arrested-in-fake-holiday-sickness-claim-operation/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:03:55 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4503 Spanish police have reportedly arrested several people and seized computers in Majorca amid a massive operation against alleged fake holiday food poisoning claims. Civil Guard officers took hold of bundles of documents during court-authorised searches of properties and businesses on … Continue reading

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Beware crying wolf over holiday sickness complaints http://www.profit.uk.com/beware-crying-wolf-over-holiday-sickness-complaints/ http://www.profit.uk.com/beware-crying-wolf-over-holiday-sickness-complaints/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4490 Assuming that holiday illness complaints are a scam could be a ‘recipe for disaster’, says Professor Rodney Cartwright and Dr Esteban Delgado. “Not another client complaint of stomach upset whilst on holiday. We know it is probably another scam. Let’s … Continue reading

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Deluge of fake sickness claims expected http://www.profit.uk.com/deluge-of-fake-sickness-claims-expected/ http://www.profit.uk.com/deluge-of-fake-sickness-claims-expected/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:15:08 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4488 Holidaymakers are being urged not to make false sickness compensation claims as the peak holiday season draws to a close. Abta issued the warning as unscrupulous claims firms are predicted to bombard customers returning home telling them they are “entitled” … Continue reading

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Sickness claims tout first to lose licence http://www.profit.uk.com/sickness-claims-tout-first-to-lose-licence/ http://www.profit.uk.com/sickness-claims-tout-first-to-lose-licence/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:59:10 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4486 Intelligence gathered by Claims Management Regulator (CMR) officers revealed that Preston-based Allsure Ltd had encouraged holiday-makers to “fabricate or embellish symptoms of gastric illness to get compensation”. Further evidence showed the firm had used deceptive sales scripts, exaggerating expected payouts … Continue reading

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Travel Agent jailed for two years http://www.profit.uk.com/travel-agent-jailed-for-two-years/ http://www.profit.uk.com/travel-agent-jailed-for-two-years/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:45:21 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4484 Travel agent, 41, who used £26,000 from a client’s credit card to pay for other customers’ holidays wept as she was jailed for two years – after escaping prison for the same offence seven years ago A travel agent who … Continue reading

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Easyjet Facebook Scam http://www.profit.uk.com/easyjet-facebook-scam/ http://www.profit.uk.com/easyjet-facebook-scam/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:41:40 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4482 EasyJet is warning Facebook users not to be taken in by a “free flights” scam that has gone viral on the social media platform. The scam claims to offer two free tickets to everyone that participates in an online survey, … Continue reading

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Muslims defrauded by dodgy Hajj tour operators http://www.profit.uk.com/muslims-defrauded-by-dodgy-hajj-tour-operators/ http://www.profit.uk.com/muslims-defrauded-by-dodgy-hajj-tour-operators/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:38:15 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4473 Nasir Rana, 61, was looking forward to performing his first pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The former government employee put $4,500 from his pension – a sum around three times the average annual salary in Pakistan – into a trip … Continue reading

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Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas http://www.profit.uk.com/identity-theft-at-epidemic-levels-warns-cifas/ http://www.profit.uk.com/identity-theft-at-epidemic-levels-warns-cifas/#comments Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:24:28 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4471 Identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels”, according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in … Continue reading

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Sneaky travel scams and how to avoid them http://www.profit.uk.com/sneaky-travel-scams-and-how-to-avoid-them/ http://www.profit.uk.com/sneaky-travel-scams-and-how-to-avoid-them/#comments Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:19:38 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4469 It is not just beachside bag snatchers that holidaymakers need to worry about – much bigger losses come from pickpocketing companies and scammers trying to overcharge you from the moment you book a trip abroad. Banks, airlines and car hire … Continue reading

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Fake online ticket epidemic http://www.profit.uk.com/fake-online-ticket-epidemic/ http://www.profit.uk.com/fake-online-ticket-epidemic/#comments Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:16:09 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4467 Scores of people have reported being ripped off by a ticket exchange website leaving them hundreds – and in some cases thousands – of pounds out of pocket. The issue of ticket fraud is widespread and growing. Almost 22,000 people reported losses … Continue reading

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Sickness claim against Thomas Cook ruled not credible http://www.profit.uk.com/sickness-claim-against-thomas-cook-ruled-not-credible/ http://www.profit.uk.com/sickness-claim-against-thomas-cook-ruled-not-credible/#comments Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:09:31 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4463 A Thomas Cook customer who claimed she fell ill while on holiday has had her case thrown out for being “neither plausible nor credible”. A judge at Worcester country court told ruled the claim from 27-year-old Marissa McLean of Redditch … Continue reading

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Flexible Autos reassures agents after car hire probe http://www.profit.uk.com/flexible-autos-reassures-agents-after-car-hire-probe/ http://www.profit.uk.com/flexible-autos-reassures-agents-after-car-hire-probe/#comments Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:06:13 +0000 http://www.profit.uk.com/?p=4461 Flexible Autos has rushed to reassure agents after a Daily Mail probe into car hire transparency in Spain found companies quoting inflated prices or adding charges. The report, which was published yesterday, centered on an undercover investigation by the newspaper … Continue reading

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