Bogus insurance claims filed from a British tourist while on Holiday in Benidorm

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In 2016 the press was awash with stories of fraudulent insurance claims filed by British tourists at resorts across the world who claimed they were victims of food poisoning at their hotels whilst on holiday.

Benidorm was one of the main resorts that was affected by these claims with an estimated €500 million lost by hotels in two years and claims increasing by up to 500 per cent.

Things have changed this year as not a single claim has been filed in 2019. This change is mainly down to the intervention of the British authorities who have issued fines ranging from €800 to €15,000 and even a prison sentence of three months for one false claimant.

The British authorities also put a maximum amount of compensation in place that will prevent tourists from making inflated claims against holiday companies and hotels. For now, the measures appear to be working with people unwilling to face punishment by the authorities by filing fake claims.

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