With the bank holiday just around the corner, we take a minute to reflect upon the real reasons why your insurance is rising. According to recent industry research, one insurance scam takes place every single minute in the UK alone!
While figures show that staged “crash for cash” accidents are on the decline, it is proven that fraudulent motor insurance claims rose by 4% up to £774m in 2017. During the course of 2017, a whopping 562,000 insurance frauds were uncovered by the Association of British Insurers, 113,000 of those claims were dishonest which would of amounted to a value of £1.3b.
The number of organised frauds such as the infamous crash for cash fell by 22% during 2016 but it seems as fraudulent motor insurance claims are on the rise to counter this. This rise is causing insurance companies to up their premiums as a result as they are losing more money due to false claims.
Here are some real examples which were uncovered via the Association of British Insurers:
- A cyclist claimed £135,000 compensation from a council for injuries he said he sustained when he fell off his cycle after hitting a pothole. However, evidence showed that the accident happened when he fell off on a slippery road at another location. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years.
- A bodybuilder, who claimed £150,000 for a back injury, was exposed when he was filmed doing a press-up challenge. He was ordered to pay £35,000 in legal costs.
- A man was jailed for three years and eight months for selling fake motor insurance policies to unsuspecting motorists.
- A student was convicted after attempting to claim £14,000 through six invented claims following a trip to Venice, including the alleged loss of an iPod, laptop and designer watch.
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