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Insurance fraudster ordered to pay back thousands of pounds

A former City insurance employee who made six sham insurance claims to fund jaunts around the world has been handed a suspended jail term and ordered to repay tens of thousands of pounds to his victims at the Old Bailey. Jay Martin Solder, 28, had previously admitted making four fake travel insuran... Read more

Council benefits officer jailed for £88k travel insurance fraud

A council benefits officer who lied to insurers 28 times, claiming poor health meant he’d had to cancel his holiday, was jailed for two years last week at Leicester Crown Court. Between 2007 and 2011, Umesh Gordhan took out travel insurance policies that covered holiday cancellations with multiple ... Read more

Holidaymakers urged to watch out for fraud scams this summer

If you're booking your holiday online this year, make sure you're aware of the scams out there that could set you back thousands of pounds. According to a new report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau section of the City of London Police, around £2.2m was stolen from unsuspecting holidaymake... Read more

Motorway insurance scam scuppered by on-board camera

A thoughtless motorist who careered over three lanes of traffic and swerved in front of a lorry driver has had their claim for four whiplash settlements exposed as fraud thanks to a dashboard camera.The lorry's on-board device, made by Smart Witness, captured the incident on the M25, and showed a dr... Read more

A fifth of people withhold information on home insurance applications

Scandalous new research by Gocompare.com has found that almost one in five UK householders has embellished the truth or withheld information when applying for home insurance. You naughty, naughty lot.You might think that you're saving some cash by fibbing - over half of the people interviewed said t... Read more

How to beat the ten most popular travel scams

Many of us have been scammed on holiday; sadly, it comes with the territory. Tourists are always easy to prey upon as they're in an unfamiliar country and may not be as confident as they would be back home, and thieves and con artists know this. However, there are ways you can outwit them. Familiar... Read more

The best films about holidays which went slightly awry

Packing for a trip at the moment? Good good; don't let us stop you. Here at Columbus Direct, obviously, we're massive fans of travel - but we can't resist a film where the trip takes a funny, surreal or downright dangerous turn. You may have guessed this by our fondness for Airplane!, which we stil... Read more

The benefits of a child-friendly holiday explored with Tots to Travel

Tots to Travel is a holiday company with a difference - they specialise in child-friendly holidays so parents and kids can have the best time abroad. We took some time out to talk to Wendy Shand, who founded the company, about why the company was started and why child-friendly holidays are such a go... Read more

Top tips to ensure you stay safe this festival season

Festival season's almost here - but the fun isn't just limited to the UK. There's so much going on in other countries - and we want to make sure you're always safe, and ready to have fun. We've put together some guidelines which cover the best practices for avoiding theft, injury and illness while ... Read more

Responsible Travel reveal how to be an ethical tourist

How do you travel ethically? We've spoken to Saul Greenland at Responsible Travel about travel and ethical tourism, and how people who want to see the world with a guilt-free conscience can make the most of their time abroad. Please can you give us a bit of background about Responsible Travel; whe... Read more

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