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Complainant Name:
Ian Moncrief-Scott

Clauses Noted: None

Publication: The Sunday Times

Complaint:

Ian Moncrief-Scott of the Isle of Man complained about an article which warned readers to “beware of sellers from strange locations – the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are popular hideouts for fraudsters”.

The complainant said that both Islands – which, immediately adjacent to the UK, were hardly “strange” locations – observed the highest standards of financial regulation and there was nothing to suggest that the Islands were popular hideouts for fraudsters.

Resolution:

The newspaper published the following apology in response to the complaint which was resolved on that basis:

An article on online fraud (Victims Turn Vigilantes in Hunt for eBay Conmen, In Gear, May 18) warned readers to “beware of sellers from strange locations - the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are popular hideouts for fraudsters”. We are happy to confirm that the jurisdictions of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are properly regulated and that the authorities deal robustly with fraudsters who attempt to abuse the good name of the islands. There is no evidence of specific eBay fraud by residents in the jurisdictions. We would like to apologise to any resident who was distressed by the description of the islands as “strange locations”.

Report: 77



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