Atlas Direct Travel Insurance Review

Atlas Direct Travel Insurance Review

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With worldwide pandemics an the increasing possibility , choosing the right Travel Insurance have never been more essential. The wrong choice now could have disastrous repercussions if you have to claim whilst abroad.

Comparing numerous policy terms and conditions can be daunting as well as time consuming. Our independent rating and review highlights the important points we think you should know about when choosing your next travel insurance policy.

Once you have read this review of Atlas Direct Travel Insurance and compared polices using our unique search facility, you will have all the information you need to make an informed choice.

Who are Atlas Direct Travel Insurance

**** PLEASE NOTE ATLAS DIRECT TRAVEL ARE NO LONGER TRADING. THE COMPANY WAS DISSOLVED IN AUGUST 2017

ATLAS ARE NO LONGER REGULATED BY THE FCA ****

**** CLICK HERE TO COMPARE OTHER TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICIES ****

Atlas direct uk is the trading name of Atlas Travel Insurance services Ltd an independantly owned company that specialise in Travel Insurance. The company was launched in 1993 and has been providing travel insurance directly to the consumer for over twenty years.

Atlas direct policies are underwritten by URV, Branch Office of Union Reiseversicherung AG for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland Registered in England & Wales.

Single trips start from as little as £2.99 and annual policies £23.36, Atlas Direct provide low cost coverage, with children travelling free on family policies and the Atlas price promise, backed by 20 years of quality service.

How to Buy Travel Insurance from Atlas Direct Travel Insurance

Click on the website link to go directly to the insurance providers website. Visit Atlas Direct Travel Insurance's Website and Get a Quotation direct

How Atlas Direct Travel Insurance 's Policies have been ranked using our star rating formula?

Click on the white bars on the right side of the policy boxes below. Expand the content to view star ratings of all policies offered by Atlas Direct Travel Insurance.

Single Trip Policy Ratings Click to Expand

We have reviewed 6 Single Trip Policies from Atlas Direct Travel Insurance. They are - Comp Platinum - Comp Gold - Comp Silver - Lite Platinum - Lite Gold - Lite Silver. We have rated these as follows:-

Rating for Single Trip Comp Platinum:

Rating for Single Trip Comp Gold:

Rating for Single Trip Comp Silver:

Rating for Single Trip Lite Platinum:

Rating for Single Trip Lite Gold:

Rating for Single Trip Lite Silver:

Atlas Direct Single Trip Insurance Review

Backpacker Policy Ratings Click to Expand

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Atlas Direct Backpacker Insurance Review

Annual Policy Ratings Click to Expand

We have reviewed 6 Annual Policies from Atlas Direct Travel Insurance. They are - Lite Silver - Lite Gold - Lite Platinum - Comp Silver - Comp Gold - Comp Platinum. We have rated these as follows:-

Rating for Annual Lite Silver:

Rating for Annual Lite Gold:

Rating for Annual Lite Platinum:

Rating for Annual Comp Silver:

Rating for Annual Comp Gold:

Rating for Annual Comp Platinum:

Atlas Direct Annual Insurance Review

Longstay Policy Ratings Click to Expand

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Atlas Direct Longstay Insurance Review
  • Five star policies cover all Primary (core) sections and all Secondary sections under a travel policy.
  • Cancellation cover is above the level of the market average
  • Other Core Sections of cover are either at or above the levels of the market average.
  • Secondary sections of cover are either at or above the levels of the market average.
  • Five star policies provide additional cover benefits over and above standard policies.
  • Five star policies include scheduled airline and/or end supplier failure as standard.
  • Five star policies include natural catastrophe cover, either as standard, or as an option.
  • Premiums are the most competitive in relation to the cover provided.
  • Have clear and consumer friendly, policy wording and explanations of cover.
  • The alcohol exclusion is more customer friendly than the market average.
  • The standard excess is below the level of the market average.
  • Four star policies cover all Primary (core) sections and all Secondary sections under a travel policy.
  • Four star policies have cancellation cover at or above the market average.
  • Four star policies may have a maximum of one core and one secondary section, or two secondary sections of cover lower than the market average or the excess may be above the market average.
  • Four star policies may provide additional cover benefits.
  • Four star policies may not automatically include cover for scheduled airline or end supplier failure.
  • Premiums are competitive in relation to the cover provided.
  • Have clear and consumer friendly policy wording and explanations of cover.
  • Three star policies cover all Primary (core) Sections, but may not offer baggage and money cover as standard.
  • Three star policies have some core covers lower than the market average, or up to one secondary sections of cover missing.
  • Three star policies may have some secondary covers lower than the market average.
  • Three star policies may not provide scheduled airline/end supplier failure cover, or only offer it as an option.
  • The Insurer, may not provide quotations across the full range of scenarios tested.
  • The standard excess may be higher than the market average.
  • Two star policies generally provide cover that is below the market average and/or have Primary (core) and Secondary sections of cover missing from their policies.
  • Two star policies may not offer baggage/money cover.
  • Premiums tend to be much lower than the market average due to the low levels of cover provided.
  • The Standard Excess is higher than the market average.
  • The Insurer may not provide quotation across the full range of scenarios tested
  • Policy wordings may not be as consumer friendly as other Insurers

Key Points you need to know about Atlas Direct Travel Insurance's policy wording

1. What is the age/classification of a child on the policy?

A child is regarded as a person under the age of 19 years.

2. What are the policy age limits?

Single Trip Travel Insurance: age limit is 79

Annual Travel Insurance: age limit is 65

3. What are the policy Trip Duration limits?

A single trip can be taken out for up to 365 days, unless you plan visiting Canada, USA or the Carribean which is restricted to 105 days.

The annual travel policy allows for unlimited trips with each trip lasting no more than 31 days. This can be extended to 45 or 60 days with payment of the relevant additional premium.

4. What are the options for Winter Sports cover?

Wintersports can be included on both the single and annual trip policies, however the annual trip policy limits you to 17 days wintersports cover in each period of insurance. The age limit for wintersports cover is 65.

Wintersports covers the following: Guided cross country skiing (Nordic skiing), glacier skiing, recreational racing, snowmobiling, mono skiing, off piste skiing or snowboarding only when accompanied by a locally qualified guide, on piste skiing, on piste snowboarding, and snow sledging. Everything is not covered.

The policy covers Ski equipment  upto £500, Ski Pack upto £75 per day max £300, Lift Pass £250, Ski Equipment delay £20 per day upto £300, Piste Closure £20 per day up to £200 and Avalanche up to £200.  

5. What is classed as a family and how many people can be quoted for?

Family cover means, one or two parents, or one or two grandparents and up to 4 children or grandchidlren. Children or grandchildren include your own children, fostered or adopted children, or children who are unrelated friends or relatives, travelling under the guardianship of the parents  or grandparents.

Under the annual multrip policy, only adults may travel independently.

6. What are the policy rules on reciprocal health agreements (EHIC, Medicare)?

The policy strongly advises you to obtain an EHIC card, if you plan on travelling to any EU destination. If any claim is reduced by more than the excess because you have used the EHIC card, then the excess will be waived.

If you are travelling to Australia, you must enrol with the nearest MEDICARE centre, either on arrival or after you first receive any treatment.

7. What is covered under Sports and Activities on the policy?

The Atlas Travel Insurance UK policy, splits activities into four grades. Grade 1 lists 70 sporting activities that are automatically included free of charge, things like Kayaking, snorkelling and windsurfing.

Grade 2 pursuits, can be included but require payments of an additional premium and increased medical excess, personal accident reduced by 50% and no personal liability cover, for example Bungee jumping or Go-Karting

Grade three activities also involve payment of an additional premium an increased medical excess of £500, reduced personal accident and personal liability exclusion, for example Flying a private aircraft, mountain biking, or Yachting.

Grade 4 have the same terms as grade 3 past times, but require a larger additional premium, for example canyoning, or rock climbing under 2000m.

8. What are the policy Alcohol Exclusion terms?

The Atlas Travel Insurance policy wording excludes any claim in respect of your excessive consumption of alcohol, your alcohol intake whilst taking any combination of medication or drugs known (or would reasonably be suspected) to cause drowsiness, impaired vision or judgment when combined with alcohol, whether such drugs are prescribed or not.

9. Does the policy cover Scheduled Airline Failure or Financial Failure?

None of the Atlas Travel policies provide cover in respect of Scheduled Airline Failure or End Supplier Failure.

10. Does the policy cover Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and can I get a quote online?

The Atlas policy as a very small list of acceptable medical conditions, which are automatically covered (provided you only have one). Any other medical condition is excluded under the policy, unless you have contacted them on the following phone number 0203 829 6652 and they have agreed to provide cover in writing.

There is no facility at this time for online medical screening. For more information about taking medication abroad, read our latest guide.

11. What are the policy rules on travelling when pregnant?

The policy provides cover in respect of Medical Emergency and cancellation for complications as a direct result of pregnancy.

Please note the policy does not provide any further guidance regarding definitions or circumstance and we would recommend if travelling whilst pregnant, you contact Atlas Direct to confirm whether they will cover your individual circumstances.

12. Will I be covered if I want to do Manual Work or Bar Work or other work while I am on holiday?

The policy wording states that Manual Work is excluded in connection with any business, profession or trade. However the following work is automatically included under the Grade 1sports and activities section:

Bar and restaurant, waitress, waiter, chalet-maids, au pair and nanny’s and occasional light manual work including retail work and fruit picking but excluding the use of power tools and machinery, non manual work, which include professional, administrative or clerical duties only.

13. What are the requirements, if I need to claim for lost, damaged or stolen baggage?

The policy makes a deduction for wear, tear and depreciation on any claim for lost, stolen or damaged possessions.

It also states you must provide an original receipt and or some form of proof of ownership for any items you are claiming for to assist with substantiating your claim.

14. What does the policy cover in the event of war, terrorism or cyber attack?

As with a large number of policies, terrorism is not covered, except in relation to a claim for medical expenses, hospital benefit or personal accident, unless the attack was nuclear, biological or chemical.

15. Does the policy cover natural disaster or catastrophe before and during my holiday?

The Atlas policy does provide automatic cover of up to £500 to assist with additional or replacement accommodation, or returning home, in the event of a catastrophe, described as fire, lightning, explosion, earthquake, storm, tempest, hurricane, flood, medical epidemic or local government directive.

16. Do I have to be a UK resident to be covered under this policy?

Yes, you must be permamently resident in the United Kingdom and be registered with a Medical Practitioner in the United Kingdom, to be eligible to take our insurance.

Atlas Direct Travel Insurance's Mystery Shopping Ratings

That's Insurance have spent some time mystery shopping on atlas-direct-travel-insurance-review's website. The policy wording, website, customer service/buying process have been carefully reviewed and each section awarded a user friendly score, which you can see below.

Policy wording - Marks are awarded for Layout, Readability ,Terminology, Communication and Appropriate information.

Website - Marks are awarded for Layout/Navigation, Access to important information e.g. policy wordings, Clear Explanation/Comparison of policies, including limitations, Frequently asked questions.

Customer Service – Marks are awarded for the Buying process, Customer Service, Clear Quotations, Access to important information/Comparison of quotes.

The scores have been calculated as an overall percentage and shown on the three gauges. You can see how Atlas Direct compares to the industry average. The higher the percentage the better the company performs in each area.

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Pro's and Con's for Atlas Direct Policies

We've highlighted Pro's and Cons for Atlas Direct , click on the white bars on the right side of the boxes below. Expand the content to view pros and cons of all policies offered by Atlas Direct Travel Insurance.

  • Quick and easy to obtain a quotation from the website.
  • A single trip policy can be taken out for up to 365 days.
  • No online medical screening available.
  • No cover for scheduled airline or end supplier failure

What Cover do Atlas Direct policies offer.

We've listed below cover levels for policies offered by offered by To scroll through all policies, click on the arrows on the left and right of policy name section.

Policy Name Insurance Provider

  • PolicyName & Policy Type

    Lite Silver

    Annual

    Lite Gold

    Annual

    Lite Platinum

    Annual

    Comp Silver

    Annual

    Comp Gold

    Annual

    Comp Platinum

    Annual

    Comp Platinum

    Single Trip

    Comp Gold

    Single Trip

    Comp Silver

    Single Trip

    Lite Platinum

    Single Trip

    Lite Gold

    Single Trip

    Lite Silver

    Single Trip

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  • Policy Excess
    Policy Excess

    75

    35

    0

    75

    35

    0

    0

    35

    75

    0

    35

    75

  • Medical Expenses
    Medical Expenses Explanation
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    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

    10,000,000

  • Cancellation
    Cancellation Explanation
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    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

    3,000

  • Curtailment
    Curtailment Explanation
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    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

  • Personal Accident
    Personal Accident Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

  • Baggage
    Baggage Explanation
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    0

    0

    0

    2,000

    2,000

    2,000

    2,000

    2,000

    2,000

    0

    0

    0

  • Single Article Limit
    Single Article Limit Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    0

    0

    0

  • Valuables Limit
    Valuables Limit Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    0

    0

    0

  • Personal Money
    Personal Money Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    500

    500

    500

    500

    500

    500

    0

    0

    0

  • Personal Liability
    Personal Liability Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

    2,000,000

  • Legal Expenses
    Legal Expenses Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

  • Travel Disruption
    Travel Disruption Explanation
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    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

  • Golf
    Golf Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

  • Scheduled Airline Failure
    Scheduled Airline Failure Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

  • Cash Limit
    Cash Limit Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

Secondary Cover toggle

  • Personal Accident
    Personal Accident Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

    25,000

  • Personal Money
    Personal Money Explanation
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    0

    0

    0

    500

    500

    500

    500

    500

    500

    0

    0

    0

  • Hospital Benefit
    Hospital Benefit Explanation
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    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

  • Emergency Dental Treatment
    Emergency Dental Treatment Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

  • Burial or Cremation
    Burial or Cremation Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

    1,500

  • Baggage Delay
    Baggage Delay Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    200

    0

    0

    0

  • Delayed Departure
    Delayed Departure Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

    250

  • Missed Departure
    Missed Departure Explanation
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    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

    600

  • Kennel/Cattery
    Kennel/Cattery Explanation
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    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

  • Hijack/Kidnap
    Hijack/Kidnap Explanation
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    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

    1,000

  • Financial Failure
    Financial Failure Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

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    0

    0

  • Natural Disaster
    Natural Disaster Explanation
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    500

    500

    500

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    500

    500

  • Withdrawal of Services
    Withdrawal of Services Explanation
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    0

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    0

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    0

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    0

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    0

  • Concierge Cover
    Concierge Cover Explanation
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    0

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  • Gadget Cover
    Gadget Cover Explanation
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    0

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  • Travel Disruption
    Travel Disruption Explanation
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    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

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    0

    0

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  • Wintersports
    Wintersports Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

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    0

    0

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  • Business
    Business Explanation
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  • Cruise
    Cruise Explanation
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    0

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    0

    0

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    0

  • Car and Home Excess
    Car and Home Excess Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

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  • Search and Rescue
    Search and Rescue Explanation
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  • Mugging
    Mugging Explanation
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    500

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  • Scheduled Airline Failure
    Scheduled Airline Failure Explanation
    Cover Type Icon

    0

    0

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    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

  • Cash Limit
    Cash Limit Explanation
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    0

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    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

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  • Kennel/Cattery
    Kennel/Cattery Explanation
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    N

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  • Financial Failure
    Financial Failure Explanation
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    N

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  • Natural Disaster
    Natural Disaster Explanation
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    Y

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  • Concierge Cover
    Concierge Cover Explanation
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  • Gadget Cover
    Gadget Cover Explanation
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  • Travel Disruption
    Travel Disruption Explanation
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  • Golf
    Golf Explanation
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  • Wintersports
    Wintersports Explanation
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    Y

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  • Business
    Business Explanation
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    Y

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  • Wedding
    Wedding Explanation
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    Y

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  • Cruise
    Cruise Explanation
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  • Car and Home Excess
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  • Search and Rescue
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  • Mugging
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