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Holly Cull worked for Thomas Cook in Worthing and stole thousands of pounds. The 30-year-old had racked up huge debt problems when she was living in Lewes. Cull created false customer refunds, then paid for a £3,000 holiday. Hove Crown … Continue reading

The Civil Aviation Authority is urging British Muslims to use licensed travel agents to book pilgrimages to Hajj following a rise in the sale of illegal or fake packages. It is urging the 25,000-plus British Muslims who will make the … Continue reading

There was a 19% rise in fraud attacks on land travel and accommodation last year, says a new report. The Fraud Attack Index 2019, by fraud prevention experts Forter, says moves by hoteliers and transport companies to improve the customer … Continue reading

A fraudster who cheated a succession of employers, including three Midlands hotels, out of more than £14,000 will have to pay back just £1,000. James Leete, 28, was jailed for 21 months last November after he admitted eight offences of … Continue reading

The number of British holidaymakers pursuing fake illness claims against overseas hotels has fallen following a string of convictions for fraud. Ministry of Justice figures suggest there was a 19 per cent reduction in the number of personal injury claims … Continue reading

A travel agent has been jailed for eight years after using his agency as a “drugs operation base”. Neil Wheatley, 46, of Tuscan Drive, Lordswood, was a director at First & Business Class Travel in Rochester, Kent. He also hid … Continue reading

Rita Hunter says she doesn’t know what she spent it on and has now been declared bankrupt. A crooked travel agent who pocketed more than £200,000 from clients won’t have to pay any of it back. Rita Hunter sold dream … Continue reading

The finance boss of failed operator Diamond Shortbreaks has been disqualified for 11 years after misappropriating £700,000 of company funds on failed foreign exchange trades. The penalty was revealed by the government’s Insolvency Service. Jamie Tann worked as financial director … Continue reading

Abta and Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, are warning consumers about a new flight ticket scam. The reporting centre said it has received 110 reports about the fresh fraud tactics, with total losses of £98,043. … Continue reading

Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT) is warning more travel scams are likely around the time the UK is set to leave the European Union next month and is urging people to report any suspicious activity. PROFiT said: “Organised crime … Continue reading

Holiday sickness fraud is the subject of a criminal investigation in Mallorca, Madrid-based lawyer Marie Rogers explains. Local police in Mallorca opened a criminal investigation code-named Operation Hook in late 2017. It targeted the activity of a British national resident … Continue reading

A Spanish lawyer representing hotels on the receiving end of multiple sickness claims by UK holidaymakers has hailed the campaign to cut bogus claims but says hoteliers in Spain remain wary. Marie Rogers of Madrid-based law firm Rogers & Co … Continue reading

Travel companies are calling on Facebook to remove fake pages after their brands were used to dupe customers in bogus promotions. Butlin’s, Thomas Cook and Carnival Cruise Line are among brands whose identities have recently been hijacked by fraudsters to … Continue reading

A business travel agency facing questions about allegations of fraud by customers left out of pocket has collapsed. Leading travel brands such as Qantas, Thomas Cook, Butlin’s and Carnival Cruise Line are the latest names being used to dupe consumers … Continue reading

A business travel agency facing questions about allegations of fraud by customers left out of pocket has collapsed. Black Tip Travel confirmed that the business, based in Tonbridge in Kent, ceased trading last month. Owner and sole director Dale Whitney … Continue reading

A couple who posted a glowing review on TripAdvisor and then claimed to be ill on the same Tui holiday ten months later have been found fundamentally dishonest in court. Tanya and Kieran Tuson, both 36 and of Andover, had … Continue reading

Barclays has issued a warning to holidaymakers not to be taken in by scams when buying villa holidays. It says 37% of villa scams, reported by its customers, result in losses of between £1,000 and £5,000. Its research, which also … Continue reading

Nearly 75% of agents believe it is unlikely their businesses will fall victim to a cyberattack. More than half of the 62 agents polled by Tipto said they were prepared to deal with such an attack. The poll found 74% … Continue reading

A travel company has been accused of stealing thousands of pounds from a charity helping injured veterans. Black Tip Travel Ltd, which has been seeking insolvency advice, is alleged to have taken money set aside for flights to New Zealand … Continue reading

Marriott International is facing the biggest lawsuit yet relating to the Starwood data breach. The suit filed in Maryland federal district court was brought by more than 150 guests in numerous states. Plaintiffs are represented by five law firms. It … Continue reading