Insurance fraud peaks at 2300 claims a week
The Association of British Insurers has issued a damning report on the UK insurance arena with confirmation that over 2300 fraudulent insurance claims are being discovered each and every week. It is estimated that these claims account for over £800 million a year which is then passed on to UK consumers who are left yet again to foot the bill. So why are insurance fraud claims rising?
While there's no doubt that insurance fraud has been ongoing for ever and a day in the UK, even though monitoring systems have been approved, it is the onset of the recession which has brought home just how difficult the financial situation is in the UK. As a consequence, more and more people are now willing to take the chance that they could be prosecuted for fraudulent insurance claims in the knowledge that many insurance companies will look to avoid expensive legal fees.
However, that is not to say that insurance companies will sit by and let insurance fraudsters rule the roost because this would encourage more people to step forward with "borderline" insurance claims in the future. Unfortunately, in the short term it will yet again be law-abiding citizens in the UK who are left to foot the bill for an ever-increasing problem.
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