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An anti-fraud organisation has issued a plea for information as it investigates what it fears could be a widespread attempt to extort money from travel companies. The Prevention of Fraud in Travel (Profit) group has received several reports of travel … Continue reading

More than 1,200 vendors operating in the UK and worldwide, offering false documents for as little as £25. A hidden pandemic market advertising fake vaccine and test certificates for as little as £25 has grown exponentially, with more than 1,200 … Continue reading

Marriott International filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday in Virginia against the “unknown perpetrators” (John Does) behind a spate of robocalls using the chain’s name. The suit claims the perpetrators are using Marriott’s brand for their own commercial gain in … Continue reading

Customers of,, Expedia and other major booking sites have reportedly had their personal data exposed. Security experts at Website Planet outlined in a report how data from millions of hotel guests globally was exposed via third-party service Prestige … Continue reading

Agents fear fraudsters are targeting the trade after a raft of bookings and enquiries for high-value, lastminute holidays in recent weeks. Independent agents, particularly in the northwest of England, have reported suspicious enquiries for flights to Turkey and Dubai and … Continue reading

Holidaymakers are being warned about a rise in flight cancellation compensation scams following the COVID-19 crisis. Claims management firms that once targeted PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) mis-selling have turned their sights on flight delays and cancellations. They purport to offer … Continue reading

Online travel agency Loveholidays is warning customers that fraudulent callers are posing as Loveholidays staff. A message on its Facebook page says: “We have been informed that fake callers posing as loveholidays representatives have been targeting our customers and asking … Continue reading

As many as 25,000 British Muslims planning to book trips to Mecca for Hajj in July are being urged to check that their travel company is Atol protected. The lesser pilgrimage of Umrah was suspended in Saudi Arabia due to … Continue reading

Travel companies are being urged to report coronavirus related cyberattacks to travel anti-fraud group Profit. The plea comes as Profit joins the police task squad tackling coronavirus related fraud and cybercrime. The Fraud Advisory Panel Covid-19 Task Force, which includes … Continue reading

A Leicester travel agent that fraudulently sold pilgrimage trips to Mecca has been ordered to pay over £100,000 in legal costs and compensation to its victims. Al Shafqat Hajj Ltd illegally used stationery containing the symbols of both the Air … Continue reading

Cathay Pacific has been hit with a £500,000 fine for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data. The penalty was imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the personal details of more than 9.5 million customers … Continue reading

An online travel agent is being sought by police after allegedly duping customers out of £125,000 and ruining dozens of holidays. Hayley King, 34, is accused of taking money from victims who were told her firm Around The World Travel … Continue reading

Worshippers fear they will lose thousands of pounds after their Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca were cancelled. Pilgrims, who each bought packages through travel agent Taha Travel, in Small Heath, Birmingham, said refunds were not received and the shop was closed. … Continue reading

In an international operation that took place at 200 airports across the world, crime agency Europol has arrested 79 individuals suspected of using stolen credit card data for the online purchase of flight tickets. Airline companies are among the most … Continue reading

Jet2holidays has won a “landmark” court appeal which allows it to issue contempt of court proceedings against holidaymakers who withdrew dubious claims of being sick while on holiday. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the tour operator, which … Continue reading

Anti-fraud group Profit is urging travel firms to reduce their reliance on computer passwords in its latest Counter Fraud Campaign 2019 email. It suggests businesses should only use passwords except where necessary, such as for access to the company Wi-Fi, … Continue reading

A travel agent who cheated customers out of thousands of pounds for flights he did not book has been jailed for 21 months. Chetan Pal Panesar, who ran E-tickets Worldwide Limited, in Handsworth, Birmingham, tricked 18 people out of £32,000. … Continue reading

Travel firms have been told to be on their guard against hacking after at least 15 high-profile cases in the industry this year. The warning is part of an email campaign by Prevention of Fraud in Travel (Profit) and the … Continue reading

Former JetBlue gate agent Tiffany Jenkins, 31, pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court Friday to three counts of wire fraud after upgrading the plane tickets of friends, family and acquaintances over the course of roughly 15 months. The scam, … Continue reading

The Civil Aviation Authority believes fraudsters have been seeking to undermine its refund operation, and has reported its concerns to the police. The CAA began the largest ever Atol refund operation yesterday morning, as it looks to reimburse 360,000 forward … Continue reading