Wednesday, 21 June 2017

UK holiday fraudsters could face jail



UK holidaymakers who make bogus food poisoning claims could go to prison, warns travel trade organisation Abta.

 
A huge rise in false claims has left travel bosses "embarrassed" by a trend which they say is a "British problem".


Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said the fraud is "one of the biggest issues that has hit the travel industry for many years".


He added that tourists chasing false or exaggerated claims "risk ending up in jail either in the UK or abroad".


Tens of thousands of UK tourists have put in for compensation in the past year, even though sickness levels in resorts have remained stable.


Abta says the cases usually involve holidaymakers who have been abroad on all-inclusive deals, who argue that because they only ate in their hotel, that must have been the source of their alleged food poisoning.


It has launched a campaign called Stop Sickness Scams, asking the government to clamp down on the issue.


It says laws designed to stop fraudulent claims for whiplash have instead pushed the problem of false insurance submissions on to overseas holidays instead.


This is because of a cap on the legal fees that can be charged by law firms pursuing personal injury cases at home.




BBC       News.