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Eleven arrested following IFED investigation into travel insurance fraud

A nationwide operation into suspected fraudulent travel insurance claims led by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) has resulted in 11 arrests.

Officers seized thousands of pounds in cash, clothing, jewellery, electrical items and travel insurance claim forms, as well as what are suspected to be bogus doctors’ stamps and medical certificates.

The IFED's ongoing investigation focuses on claims ranging from just over £500 to more than £14,000 for clothing and electrical items reported lost or stolen, and medical expenses incurred, abroad.

Aidan Kerr, ABI Head of Property, Fraud and Specialist Lines, said:

"The insurance industry is determined to crackdown on insurance cheats to protect honest customers. The vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of travel insurance claims made every year are genuine, and travel insurance is an essential purchase for travellers this summer. But anyone who thinks that travel insurance is an easy way to dishonestly get some extra cash will pay a heavy price risking getting a criminal record, and having trouble getting insurance and other financial products in the future.”

For further information, visit the IFED website.

Want to know more? Join the ABI, along with IFED, the Insurance Fraud Bureau and and other leading figures from UK insurance at our Fraud Conference on September 17, 2014

Last updated 01/07/2016