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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

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

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

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

Identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels”, according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in … Continue reading

It is not just beachside bag snatchers that holidaymakers need to worry about – much bigger losses come from pickpocketing companies and scammers trying to overcharge you from the moment you book a trip abroad. Banks, airlines and car hire … 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

Lowcosttravelgroup’s administrators have been given another year to carry out enquiries, as they continue to investigate whether legal action should be taken against any parties involved with the travel group. Smith & Williamson’s creditors report confirmed in March that “sufficient … Continue reading

A holidaymaker who claimed she’d suffered food poisoning on a holiday with Thomas Cook has had her claim thrown out by a judge after her Facebook pictures showed her on boat trips and drinking alcohol by the hotel pool. Marissa … Continue reading

The claim, made two years after Amy Hughes from Holyhead returned home from her 2011 holiday, was due to be heard by a court last October, but was dropped just before the hearing without explanation, the Daily Mail reports. Hughes … Continue reading

Joint action by the UK travel trade and police, courts and hoteliers in Spain has led to a major a breakthrough in the fight against false sickness claims. According to TUI UK and Ireland, a major crackdown has led to … Continue reading

Tui UK & Ireland claims one law firm has dropped 1,800 holiday sickness cases against it and has revealed customers who submitted false or exaggerated against hoteliers in Majorca in the past year can now “expect criminal action to be … Continue reading

Tui is working with Spanish police to help with efforts to crack down on bogus illness claims by holidaymakers prompted by claims management companies in resorts. The Thomson and First Choice parent company met with the financial crimes division of … Continue reading