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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

Action Fraud and Abta are warning the public to “remain vigilant” about holiday scams, as bookings surge in the wake of news about the roadmap out of lockdown. The bodies are reminding the public to “think twice” before handing over … 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

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

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

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

People trying to claim refunds on flights and hotels booked with collapsed holiday giant Thomas Cook have been warned about possible fraudsters trying to get hold of their details. Britain’s aviation regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said this afternoon … Continue reading

A BBC investigation into an alleged scam by a London-based travel agent will be aired tonight. Inside Out South on BBC One is due to be shown at 7:30pm this evening and then on iPlayer. It comes after complaints from … Continue reading

More than 5,000 cases of holiday and travel booking fraud were reported last year with total losses of £7 million. The average amount lost was £1,380 per person, with more than half (53%) of the crimes reported related to the … Continue reading

Around two-thirds of hotel websites carelessly leak some guest personal data to third-party companies which could also leave them susceptible to scammers, according to a new report. Cyber security firm Symantec found that booking confirmation emails sent to guests frequently … Continue reading

A Thomas Cook agent created fake refunds to steal thousands of pounds and book herself a luxury holiday, say reports. According to The Argus newspaper, Holly Cull “racked up huge debt problems” while living in Lewes, East Sussex, so she … 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

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

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

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 Tui customer has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 to the operator after being found guilty of fundamental dishonesty for claiming to be ill while on holiday. Justin Miller, of Penarth in Wales went to Cape Verde with his … Continue reading

A Lancashire couple posed for holiday snaps with a parrot, despite claiming to Jet2holidays that they were suffering with a gastric illness at the time. The pair have been convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and ordered to pay Jet2holidays … Continue reading