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The top ten dumbest insurance fraud claims

Identifying fraud can be tricky, but some claimants make it easier than others, explains Nicola Smith

21 July 2015

Insurance fraud is an incredibly hot topic. On both sides of the claimant and defendant divide, there is widespread debate around a variety of associated issues, such as what the trends are, the latest techniques to catch out the fraudsters, and the fate suffered by those who are caught.

To those on the outside, fraud looks like a relatively simple problem to solve: catch someone lying; job done. Unfortunately, the reality is not so simple or straightforward. That said, there are times when, in an almost Darwinian process of natural selection, this job is made easier. It is with this in mind that I present the top ten of insurance fraud’s dumbest criminals:

10. Mr X admitted to being involved in an accident previously but stated it was property damage only, as his friend was driving his car.
He wasn’t in the car or injured. X was referred to his solicitor’s...

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