Fraud­sters con ‘mil­lions’ out of train de­lay compo

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN - BY ALAN SELBY

HI-TeCH swindlers are us­ing train de­lay-track­ing web­sites to help them de­fraud mil­lions from rail com­pen­sa­tion schemes.

In the lat­est scam, crooks sub­mit thou­sands of claims for jour­neys they never took – at your ex­pense.

Rail fraud ex­pert Mike Kee­ber said: “Re­pay­ments for de­lays cost the rail­ways in ex­cess of £150mil­lion a year. It is es­ti­mated that at least £16mil­lion are fraud­u­lent claims.

“This has to be re­couped from ris­ing ticket prices.” The scam’s scale emerged af­ter we told how fake tick­ets cost the in­dus­try £200mil­lion a year.

We found le­git­i­mate sites track­ing de­lays. Users can find jour­neys re­fund­able un­der De­lay Re­pay. Yet any ticket valid on the ser­vice can be sub­mit­ted, even if you got an­other train. Some sea­son ticket hold­ers seek as many qual­i­fy­ing trips as pos­si­ble on their route.

Last year two pas­sen­gers were con­victed of scam­ming £6,000 from South­ern. Fraud­sters face up to five years’ jail.

Pic­tures: STAN KUJAWA

SCAM We ex­posed fakes

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