Expat Caribbean News

Latest 10 news items tagged Caribbean

19 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Second passport investment scams set to lose applicants their passports and cash

The must-have accessory for mega-wealthy expats in the UAE is now a second passport, but recent purchasers may now lose their investments as well as their passport privileges. The numbers of millionaire expats in the UAE applying for a second passport have increased by 30 per cent over the past year or so, with between hundreds of thousands to millions of dirhams the going prices for the privilege of worldwide visa free travel, citizenship and trouble-free residency in the issuing country. However, recent applicants are keeping their...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

Retirement – what about a post-Brexit QROPS? The freedom to choose another country for your retirement years is a romantic notion, but it’s now become far more popular due to ease of travel and a wide choice of destinations to suit all pockets. The excitement of a whole new environment is hard to resist, especially as many Western countries are mired in political chaos and instability. Sadly, for would-be British expats, Brexit is almost certain to slash their options as regards choice of a new homeland, but it’s also providing...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Is Cancun the expat and tourism haven its creators dreamed of?

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a favourite with expats from the USA, but how many realise its famous resort of Cancun was built from the bottom up as a playground for visitors? Deciding on Cancun wasn’t a snap decision either, as the federal government employed the best tech know-how at the time as well as the best brains for the massive project. The choice of what was then a jungle-clad island with one fishing village was, in fact, a genius of an idea based on the theory of ‘we build it, you’ll love it’! Started in 1970, the...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain warned over fake coinage scam

Spanish police are warning expatriates and tourists about a fake coinage scam now circulating across Europe. Many expats might consider getting a very similar foreign coin in their change nothing to write home about, but Spanish police and other European law and order forces are taking it seriously as there’s now a Europe-wide rise in reported cases. Rather than getting euro coins in their change, coins from other countries with a similar appearance are being regularly found by shoppers. Of course, the substitute coins are worth...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat drug smuggler rushed from Portuguese prison to hospital

The British retired expat arrested for cocaine smuggling along with her husband has been rushed from jail to a nearby Portuguese hospital. Sue Clarke has been rushed from Lisbon’s Tires women’s prison to hospital after she suffered a hypertension crisis feared to have caused organ damage due to abnormally high blood pressure. She and her husband were being held on suspicion of drug offences and had been remanded in custody awaiting trial. Her condition isn’t yet known, as officials aren’t able to be reached for comments, and...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat couple caught with £2 millions’ worth of cocaine

An unsuspecting retired British expat couple in Spain were almost coerced into becoming part of a drug-smuggling plot by the promise of a free cruise. British expats Paul and Pauline Craven were living in retirement on the Costa Blanca when they were offered a free Caribbean cruise by Susan and Roger Clarke. Pauline was working as a part-time cleaner for the Clarkes at their home in Alicante when the offer was made, conditional on the purchase in the Caribbean of four cheap designer rip-off suitcases by the Cravens. According to...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired British couple murdered in Jamaica

The burned bodies of a retired British couple living in Jamaica were found late last week. According to local media, the charred bodies of Charlie Anderson and his wife Gayle were discovered in separate Mount Pleasant locations, with local police now treating their deaths as a double murder. The former Manchester residents also had wounds to their faces and necks and Gayle was found with her hands and feet tied, with her husband reported to have sustained gunshot wounds. The couple had recently lost £50,000 in a credit card scam....
11 May at 6 PM 2018

Pension transfer fraudster with 800 victims convicted for second time

A previously convicted pension fraudster has been rearrested and sentenced again for running a pension transfer scam. Simon Colfer,had been convicted and jailed for theft, forgery, fraud and obtaining money by deception at an earlier date, but after his release in 2010 he fronted Fortitude Trading under the false name Simon Davies in order to cover up his past history. His previous conviction had resulted in his being declared bankrupt and subject under the Proceeds of Crime Act to a £1.7 million confiscation order. However, the...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Fight for soft Brexit or no Brexit hots up via House of Lords defeat

The fight for a soft Brexit or even a withdrawal from Brexit is hotting up as campaign groups in support of UK expats in Europe and even the British government’s House of Lords are coming out in favour of defeating Theresa May’s vision for the country. Earlier this week, the British parliament’s Upper House inflicted an embarrassing defeat on May in the matter of the PM’s determination to include leaving the European Customs Union and its single market as part of her vision for Brexit. Her stance had already caused splits in...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Second passport schemes now popular with high net worth UAE nationals

As obtaining residency in first-world countries is getting harder, second citizenship programmes are coming to the fore in the Arab States. High-net worth UAE residents are increasingly turning to second passport applications as being granted long-stay visas in Western countries gets even tougher. Citizenship programmes are now being seen as the only way to enjoy visa-free travel in order to expand business opportunities as well as moving finances without investigation. As always, Chinese nationals are first in the queue, followed by...