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Bogus Britain insurers expose over 2300 fraudulent claims every week

Insurers are detecting more fraudulent insurance claims than ever according to figures released today by the ABI. Last year over 2,000 dishonest insurance claims worth more than £16 million were detected every week.

 

ABI figures show that in 2009:

 

·        122,000 fraudulent insurance claims were uncovered, up 14% on 2008. The value of these claims, at £840 million, rose by 14% on the previous year.

·        Motor insurance frauds were highest by value, with dishonest claims totalling £410 million uncovered. The most common frauds involved home insurance, with 62,000 bogus or exaggerated claims detected.

·        4% of all claims by cost were fraudulent. This is similar to 2008, although double the figure of five years ago.

 

Many of the 8,500 dishonest liability claims exposed  involved  bogus personal injuries. Examples of such frauds include:

 

·        A man claimed he had fractured his hand after falling over a pothole in the street, when in fact he had sustained the injury after he punched a wall during a domestic dispute.

·        A young woman claimed to have tripped over a loose pavement, when in fact her injuries were actually sustained from jumping down a flight of stairs while running away from security guards on suspicion of shoplifting.

·        Head injuries allegedly sustained by falling over, were in fact sustained after being hit on the head by a baseball bat during a fight.

 

Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said:

 

"Reducing fraud remains an ongoing battle for the insurance industry. Our honest customers rightly object to having to pay higher premiums to subsidise the fraudulent minority, which is why insurers continue to up their game in the war on the cheats.

 

"Whether claiming against a third party for bogus personal injury or on their own insurance, fraudsters are more likely than ever to get caught, leading to more expensive and harder to obtain insurance and credit, and the possibility of a criminal record."

 

 

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Last updated 01/07/2016