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Travel industry fights back after ‘explosion’ in fraudulent food poisoning insurance claims

Fake food-poisoning and stomach illness claims by persons who travel overseas has reportedly increased in the united kingdom

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The number of fake-food poisoning and stomach illness claims filed by the British in the foreign country is reported to have reached epidemic proportions in the united kingdom in the past few years – ignites a fierce fight back of the travel industry and the government.

Between 2013 and 2016, the number of allegations skyrocketed 500 percent – coming in at a rate of more than 100 per day – the urge of some hoteliers in Spain and Turkey to threaten that they would suspend holiday deals from the UK market completely.

“False claims are costly for the travel industry in the united kingdom and popular overseas destinations, and damage caused to the reputation of British travellers abroad, Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, the industry trade association, told the Guardian.

Previously, a simple receipt of the photo of the over-the-counter anti-diarrhea drug Imodium was enough to file a claim. Even in cases with a price of around $7000 damage, travel companies reported to have faced costs upwards of $33,000 by the heavy costs of defending weak claims, and are often enabled for settlement rather than dragging the cases through the court system.

However, the travel-industry leaders claim that the counterfeit illness accusations do not always come from the travellers themselves, but that the vast majority are filed by unscrupulous claims-management companies – with a lot of tourists do not know that even claims had been made for their account.

More than a dozen law firms are said to be research on the issue.

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And after increased lobbying from the travel industry, the British government, the Ministry of Justice, in April introduced a law capping the amount of money that companies can acquire for holiday illness in the search for the approach of the misleading claims.

“This behaviour tarnishes the reputation of British people abroad” of the minister of justice, Rory Stewart, has stated. “This is why we are introducing measures to crack down on those who engage in these unfair practices.”

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Courts and private prosecution to be joined to the strict approach in the past time, with its own researchers in the service to search for fraudsters.

In October 2017, Merseyside local population Deborah Brit and Paul Roberts were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for the making of fictitious illness claims against tour operator Thomas Cook, while a south-Derbyside magistrate court gave suspended prison sentences in March couple of, Leon Roberts and Jade Muzoka after he was found guilty of faking illness after a trip in Turkey. They are said to have been “exposed” by their happy-go-lucky holiday photos posted on social media.

Hollie McKay, is a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has expanded from the Middle East about the rise and demise of terrorist groups, such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter via @holliesmckay

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