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Catching fraudsters on Facebook

We’ve all heard the one about the bloke who told his employer he was off work with a bad back only to be filmed skipping down the street that same day and posting a video up on youtube of him doing somersaults.

This little anecdote raises the question – what can an insurer do with that information? Some really interesting points being made at the latest Insurance Times Claims Clinic –

via Insurance Times – Insurance Times, UK general insurance news, brokers, insurers, claims, underwriting, reinsurance, insurance jobs – Fight the good fight.

A panel including the excellent Damian Ward, explained how obtaining this kind of evidence can obviously be a vital starting point to a defence, but the means of collection can present some genuine hurdles.

“Information on Facebook is classified as personal and can’t be obtained by illegitimate means,” says Mr Ward. Although this quote could use a bit more explanation, I’ll blame Insurance Times for not doing so. Nevertheless, the issue is fairly clear. The information can be used as pointers towards other disclosable evidence and this is where its greatest value lies.

About Ralph Savage (139 Articles)
Insurance and legal journalist Ralph Savage has written extensively for the financial and professional services sectors, most notably as News Editor of Post Magazine. He ghost writes regularly on behalf of FTSE 250 CEOs, leading counsel and senior professionals including solicitors, insurers, accountants and brokers.

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