Patisserie Valerie Forced To Close 70 Stores

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Three thousand jobs hang in the balance as troubled chain Patisserie Valerie collapsed into administration. The company has been struggling for survival since October, when a massive accounting fraud was uncovered leaving it with a multi-million pound debt.
Some 70 stores have already been told that they are closing more or less immediately, […]

Carbon Credit Fraudster Jailed For Eight Years

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

A man from Essex who lived a lavish lifestyle, has been jailed for eight years after mis-selling carbon credits to 130 victims in 2012 and 2013. He was found guilty of six counts of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.
The police say victims received cold calls from apparent brokers through companies named […]

Money Launderers Jailed Over £67,000 Phone Banking Fraud

Monday 21st January 2019

A student has been jailed and four others have been sentenced over a £67,000 phone fraud. The judge in the case said the defendants acted as money launderers for a gang who defrauded a care home owner out of her entire life savings and destroyed her life.
The scam caused the victims business […]

Retailers advertising real fur as Faux Fur

Friday 18th January 2019

Clothes shops have been selling real fur, but advertising it as fake. After an investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority discovered this practice was widespread, they have ordered retailers to stop immediately. The agency has given retailers a deadline of 11 February to change their ways or face punishment.
Why would a retailer […]

Fraudsters Target The Most Vulnerable

Thursday 17th January 2019

Research carried out by Action Fraud and the National Intelligence Bureau has revealed that those suffering from mental health issues, an impairment and social issues or with a disability, are more likely to be susceptible to certain types of fraud. And most worryingly, the two organisations believe that fraud amongst vulnerable people […]

Couple who made fake sickness holiday claim convicted

Wednesday 16th January 2019

A couple who made a fake sickness claim to Jet2holidays have been convicted of fraud and ordered to pay back almost £30,000. Martin and Linsey Brown, from Lancashire, submitted a false claim against Jet2holidays for gastric illness, after staying at a resort in Marmaris, Turkey. The couple claimed they suffered with stomach […]

TUI forced family to sit on floor during flight home!

Tuesday 15th January 2019

A family flying from Menorca to Birmingham were forced to sit on the floor as their allocated seat numbers didn’t exist.
Paula and Ian Taylor and their daughter Brooke, from Warwickshire, travelled to Mahon airport in June 2018 for their flight with TUI airlines. They were allocated seat numbers 41D, E and F, […]

Fraudsters Sentenced For Stealing More than £800,000

Monday 14th January 2019

Seven fraudsters have been sentenced after Action Fraud and Surrey Police launch investigation, following a number of reports made by victims. Action Fraud was able to link the reports made to the watchdog by victims and send them to Surrey Police, who opened an investigation. The seven scammers, stole more than £800,000 […]

Pension Review Cold-Calls Banned by the Government

Friday 11th January 2019

Thousands of people have lost their entire life savings through pension mis-selling, now the government has taken action and changed the law to stop this from happening.
Fraudsters have been using the term ‘Free Pension Review’ and over the past four years it is estimated that £46.7 million has been lost in pension […]

Cold-Calling company fined £80,000 by the ICO

Thursday 10th January 2019

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has fined a West Midlands based company £80,000 for calling customers registered on a do not call list. Secure Home Systems Ltd called people registered on the Telephone Preference Service over 80,000 times between September and December 2017, which resulted in 268 complaints from consumers.
The ICO began […]