Welcome to Fundamentally Honest, the blog on all things fraud from Kennedys’ experts.
Whatever your involvement and interest in insurance and claims fraud, we are here to keep you up to speed on developments in legislation, procedure, case law, innovation and technology, best practice, claims investigation, the latest thinking and more.
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In the second installment of our Claims Farming series we explore the modus operand. How does claims farming work? Who are the parties involved? What are the behaviours it creates in claims? Who is gaining financially? And what is the impact of the practice?
In the previous installments of our series ‘The Future of Fraud’ we discussed the industrialisation of claims. In this new series, we will explore the practice of Claims Farming: what it is, how it works, current examples and future possibilities.
“He cannot recall one lie from another” says Judge, as claimant is found fundamentally dishonest in Mr Wahab Khan v Mr Mindaugas Gudauskas & Premier Insurance Company Limited [July 2019].
Technology has always been an enabler of fraud and this is an interesting development in mandate fraud, also known as ‘Friday Frauds’.
In 2017, Arfon MP Hywel Williams lead a debate in Westminster on the issue of instances of failed retrofit cavity wall insulation in Wales (after years of campaigning) because many of his constituents had suffered from damp and mould as a result. In addition, there have also been numerous press articles about CWI being a scandal and a blight on homes.
Some insurance fraud is organised and sophisticated. Other claims; not so much. Here are some of our favourite attempts by fraudsters to explain away their failure to get their story straight.
Shoshana Mather explores the lengths claimants are willing to go to for whatever financial gain they can make.
Last Friday I was involved in an RTA on the M62. It was a terrifying experience, but thankfully my son and I, walked away from the accident without serious injury. The same cannot be said for my car.
In May 2014, the claimant visited our client’s premises with her friends. They had drinks, they danced and they visited the ladies’ toilets. The claimant alleged that she fell on a spillage in the toilets sustaining injury to her nose and teeth.
When we investigate coordinated fraud activity (aka fraud rings) we look for commonalities, relationships and trends that bind claims together. I often think back across the many fraud ring investigations I have been involved in, and the names they are given.