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Pilot jailed after lying about experience to get a job with British Airways

Craig Butfoy, of Matfield, Kent, was sentenced to 12 months behind bars following a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London on Monday (28 March). He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to four counts of fraud, one count of knowingly making false entries in a logbook and one count of intentionally altering a logbook. […]

Goldtrail Travel liquidators set to pay creditors by April

The Goldtrail Travel liquidation should finally end in April after almost 12 years, with the PwC liquidators notifying creditors to submit outstanding claims by February 14. A ‘final dividend’ will be paid within two months of that date, ending a process which began when Atol-holder Goldtrail entered voluntary liquidation in July 2010. The failure cost […]

Cyberattacks on the rise as skills shortage sees law firms made easy target

Law firms, accountants, and consultancies are becoming an easy target for cyberattacks, as they lack the IT skills to protect themselves. Almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of IT experts working in professional services companies said they believe their firms are facing a shortage of cybersecurity skills, according to a report from cybersecurity company Keeper. In […]

UK loses £2.5bn in fraud and cyber-crime cases during 2021

UK residents and businesses have seen financial losses of £2.5bn from fraud and cyber-crime over the course of the past year, a new study reveals. Research by leading chargeback firm and online trading scam specialists Payback analysed data drawn from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) to reveal that the UK has reported almost 500,000 […]

Travel businesses targeted with online cookies scam

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 in an online cookies scam. The Prevention of Fraud in Travel (Profit) group has received several reports of travel businesses receiving letters warning their websites’ usage of cookies is […]

Fake Covid vaccine and test certificate market is growing

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 COVID vaccine and test certificates for as little as £25 has grown exponentially, with more than 1,200 vendors in the UK and worldwide, researchers have found. After UK ministers announced the […]

Personal data exposed by booking software glitch

Customers of Hotels.com, Booking.com, 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 Software which provides automated booking solutions to major travel brands. It said data was exposed […]

Agents report spate of fraudulent booking enquiries

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 five-star accommodation for five nights with just two or three days’ notice. One agency, which […]

Warning over COVID-19 flight cancellation claims

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 a “no win, no fee” services online allowing airline customers the chance to check whether […]

Loveholidays warns of fake callers posing as its staff

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 them to provide bank details in order to pay a £25 refund processing fee. “These […]

Report coronavirus related cybercrime

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 representatives from the City of London Police, telecommunications and broadband industry and various government departments […]

Court action for gents who ripped off Muslim pilgrims

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 Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL) and the International Air Travel Association in its business which specialised […]

Cathay Pacific fined over ‘serious’ cyber security breach

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 were exposed, including 111,578 from the UK, over almost four years from October 2014. The […]

Police hunt travel agent

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 had booked their trips. Holidaymakers reported turning up to find hotel rooms had not been […]

Europol cracks down on airline CNP fraud

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 affected by card-not-present fraud. It is estimated that the airline industry’s losses have reached close […]

Jet2holidays wins landmark fake sickness claims appeal

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 will now press ahead with legal action against a couple from Nottingham who pulled out […]