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A bogus travel agent used stolen passports to help illegal immigrants book flights to Spain. Zaman Shah, 41, formerly of Cameron Street, Burnley arrived in the UK from Afghanistan without identity documents in 1999 before eventually being granted British citizenship … Continue reading

The fight against fake holiday sickness claims is building momentum ahead of a government call for evidence. Amie Keeley and Ben Ireland report Thomas Cook has stopped 3,000 fake holiday sickness claims by writing to law firms warning them about … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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