Fraudulent motor insurance claims totalled £410 million in 2009, according to new figures

Dishonest motor insurance claims totalled £410 million last year, according to figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The ABI found that during 2009, insurers exposed more than 2300 bogus claims in all types of insurance every week. Four per cent of all claims by cost were fraudulent.

Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said: "Reducing fraud remains an ongoing battle for the insurance industry. Our honest customers rightly object to having to pay higher premiums to subsidise the fraudulent minority."

The news follows AA British Insurance Premium Index figures which state that the cost of car insurance has grown at its fastest ever recorded rate in the last quarter, in large part due to a rise in fraudulent claims.

During the three months to the end of June, car insurance premiums went up by 11.5 per cent to £704 for an average annual comprehensive car policy.

This is the biggest increase recorded by the motoring organisation since it started tracking quarterly insurance premium trends 16 years ago.

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26 July 2010

So £410m was identified as fraudulent - I wonder how much slipped under the radar? Basing this on very little, I wouldn't be surprised if as much again was claimed fraudulently and got away with. Then again, what would "fraudulent" be defined as? Someone who claims their car was in tip-top condition when it wasn't to squeeze another couple of hundred out of the company? Or actually outright false/criminal claims?

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