Home insurance a 'soft target' as number of fraudulent claims rises
Saturday 11 February 2012
Exaggerated home insurance claims have surged in the past year amid the recession, research suggests.
Axa said the industry is seen as a "soft target" by people who are strapped for cash. The insurer's study found 9 per cent of people who said they had made a claim in the last five years had exaggerated it, typically adding £607 on to their totals.
The figure is up from 7 per cent in a similar survey a year ago.
Exaggerated claims related to televisions, particularly before big sporting events, jewellery or cash that never existed, designer goods that were actually fakes and people claiming they had a freezer filled with lobster and steaks.
Axa also found that men are nearly twice as likely to have made an exaggerated claim than women.
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