Fraud specialists thwart bogus £54,000 insurance claim

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 11:00
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SUSSED: Claim judged to be bogus

A bogus £54,000 personal injury claim involving a flatbed lorry has been thwarted by motor fraud specialists Asset Protection Unit (APU).

The incident, which also involved a vehicle fitted with an In-Car Cleverness telematics device, was analysed prior to a Macclesfield County Court hearing, where the claim was dismissed.

APU investigators determined the low-speed collision made the claimed injuries completely implausible, due to the difference in size and weight of the vehicles.

Three claimants overstated the extent of the incident, APU claimed; the experts’ findings rescued Aviva insurance from a bumper pay out.

Neil Thomas, Director of Investigative Services at APU, said: “Fraudulent personal injury claims add millions to the cost of the nation’s insurance premiums.

“Many fraudsters prey upon vulnerable motorists in premeditated attempts to fleece them and their insurance firm out of thousands of pounds but others are simply opportunistic.

“Whenever we can help insurers and the police to reduce dishonest claims, we’ll do all we can – ultimately it benefits law-abiding motorists.”