October 18, 2017

Risky Business

Risky Business
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Foolhardy Fraud

A senior clerk decided to get a new car by making a twisted plot to get ‘hijacked’ and have his car burnt to claim insurance monies. He roped in two of his colleagues and hatched a plan wherein they would hijack him and take the vehicle to an open ground...

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The Ring that Never Was…

A former rugby player claimed for his stolen ring aboard a flight and ended up being paid nearly USD5000 for his loss. Four years after the incident, investigators who stayed on the case discovered that the ring was never stolen. The entire story came to light after the claimant’s ex-wife...

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The Generous Cop

A police offer decided to take the law into his own hands when he conveniently ‘forgot’ to change his marital status from married to divorced in his insurance benefits. As a result his estranged wife and children continued to use his health insurance as dependents. He was placed on administrative duties...

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Cancer-causing Crash

A car hit a building that housed a restaurant. An insured was sitting inside the restaurant at the time of the incident and was among the seven injured people. The insurers were all set to pay for the medical injuries when they chanced upon bills for cancer treatment. The claimant...

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Coconuts can Kill

A medical claim was received from a man who had been taken ill while playing tennis. Being a hot day, he drank eight bottles of coconut water in a span of a few hours in a bid to hydrate himself. Instead of feeling hydrated, he became dizzy and lost consciousness....

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‘The house must fall’

Residents in a community whose home foundations are crumbling are facing quite a puzzle with their insurance policies: The damage won’t be covered unless their homes collapse. More than two dozen insurance companies being sued in federal court by 40 homeowners recently filed court documents asking a judge to dismiss...

Ghost brokers

There was a case of fake motor insurance brokers going door to door offering fraudulent insurance policies. Operating with laptops, these fraudsters claimed to arrange heavily discounted covers. But gullible customers found the policies to be invalid because the fraudsters made up the details when they bought policies from insurance...

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Newness Itch

A major airline company celebrated the finalisation of its merger with another operator by supplying new uniforms for 70,000 of its employees including pilots, flight attendants and customer service representatives. Unfortunately more than 3000 employees filed complaints that the new uniforms caused hives, rashes and breathing problems. In some cases,...

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Flip Out

A woman went to a reality dance show audition and was quite seriously injured when performing a flip in the midst of her routine. In turn she sued the show’s production company. During her deposition she admitted that she had signed the releases and documents, which waived the production company...

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Alligator Attack

An insurer received a motor claim for property damage. The client was parked in low country and was going on a fishing trip with his car parked nearby. After fishing, when he headed back to his car, he found an alligator was attacking his car bumper and tires with gusto....

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