FYI, here is a round up of the latest UK insurance fraud cases we found:
FAKE CLAIMS PAST CATCHES UP WITH INSURANCE COMPANY EMPLOYEE
City of London Police reports that Iain Wishlade(pictured) of Burton-on-Trent received a jail term for defrauding three insurance companies of around £129,000. Wishlade set up a third party company to submit fake invoices for medical assessment and treatment work, in the pursuit of various claims.
Once claims were settled by loss adjustors Wishlade paid the money into his own bank account, so that he could settle his debts and treat himself to holidays overseas. Interestingly, the City of London Police declined to name the insurers involved, as Wishlade had moved between three companies in his career and previous employers had suffered losses.
CRASH FOR CASH COMES TO A SHUDDERING HALT
Four men were jailed in August at Inner London Court for staging road accidents, then submitting the usual whiplash claims. Rashid Ahmed and Salah Mohammed both received jail terms, whilst Abdullahi Bana and Abbas Moobe both got off with suspended sentences.
The Insurance Fraud Bureau caught the gang, who were seeming related, because Moobe used the same bank card to purchase the insurance policies, but all five policies had fake names and addresses on them.
No photographs of the fraudsters have been released by the Police.
HAMPSHIRE STUDENT WARNS ABOUT FACEBOOK CAR INSURANCE SCAM
An 18 year old Hampshire student was conned out of £1200 by adverts on Facebook for fake car insurance policies. Local media report that Alison Moran thought she was getting a great deal when she obtained a quote on her Ford Ka for £1200, instead of the previous cost of £2600.
Alison told local newspapers that she was dubious about the cheap price, but when a person phoned her claiming to be `an insider, who could arrange a deal via direct bank transfer,’ she went for it. A cover note was issued and she merrily drove around for five months before the truth about the ghost broker emerged, after she suffered a minor car park collision down at the local Tesco – of course it was then discovered her policy was fake.
Alison is philosophical about the experience and is resigned to the fact that her £1200 has vanished via Western Union. She publicised the story of her own experience to warn others about ghost brokers online.