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6 December 2011

Fraudulent Theft Update

We sent an alert on the 1 December 2011 in relation to a recent fraudulent theft involving a company called "Zora Films and a Mr Christopher Davis".

The theft involved two Sony PMW - EX3 kits, which were hired from a company in Buckinghamshire.

We have today been advised by three other companies, one based in Warwickshire, one in Gloucester and the other in Kingston Upon Thames, that they have also been approached to hire identical camera kits from Zora Films within the last 24 hours.

The contact details remain identical to that highlighted in our previous alert (copy on our website under News Items).  The requests for all three of  the above companies appear to be identical with the kit being looked to be hired from the morning of Friday 9 December 2011 through to Saturday 10 December 2011 at approximately midday.

We would appreciate it if you could please pass this information on to any other hire companies that you deal with to try to prevent a reoccurrence of the previous loss.  Police have been advised and are hopefully in contact with the hire companies, but we would strongly suspect that many other companies have also been approached within the last 24 hours.

5 December 2011

Trade Sanctions Against Syria & Iran


Iran was the target of new measures by various Sanctions regimes. Recently we have seen some new developments as the Arab League - for the first time ever - imposed new Sanctions on Syria.

The Arab League suspended Syria earlier this month. The decision was made after Syria refused to allow 500 Arab League monitors into the country to assess the situation on the ground.

In addition the European Union governments have agreed to impose additional financial sanctions on the government of Syria and the formal approval from the EU foreign ministers is expected by the 1st of December. EU companies will be prohibited from trading, which includes the provision of insurance, with Syria.

Based on these developments we have had to change our handling of Syria and move it up into the category of 'Very comprehensive Sanctions' in order to ensure that we have the right controls in place and ensure compliance with the applicable Sanctions regimes that may affect transactions.

Also, with effect from 21st November 2011, the Government has imposed tough new financial restrictions against Iran, which cut off all financial ties with Iranian banks. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency’s latest report on Iran, which highlights fresh concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme.

From 15:00 Monday 21st November, all UK credit and financial institutions are required to cease business relationships and transactions with all Iranian banks, including the Central Bank of Iran, their branches and subsidiaries.

Iranian banks play a crucial role in providing financial services to individuals and entities involved with Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme. This measure will protect the UK financial sector from being unknowingly used by Iranian banks to help support and grow these accounts. 

Please be aware that, no new business can be accepted for Iranian and Syrian related business. That is risks located in Iran/Syria, Iranian/Syrian nationals, Iranian/Syrian companies, and companies organised under Iranian/Syrian law. Also, goods originating from or destined for Syria.  For any current business we may have, please be aware that no payments of any kind should be made directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, any Iranian or Syrian entity without referral to Insurers and prior to HM Treasury approval.  This includes any mid term adjustments where additional or return premiums occur.

1 December 2011

Fraudulent Theft Alert

In the spirit of passing on information that becomes available to us, we have been advised of a recent fraudulent theft.

We understand that two Sony PMW - EX3 camera kits were hired recently from  a company in Buckinghamshire.

The hirer gave his name as Christopher Grandy, working for Zora Films and provided the following address:


137 Dunraven Drive, London  EN2 8LL


Other names associated with Zora Films include Christopher Davis.  The hirer was able to provide proof of his insurance and bank account details.

The Police are investigating and unfortunately that is all the information we have to hand.

I would reiterate again the importance of thorough hire checks on all hirers, but also in particular on new customers to your company.