KwaZulu-Natal named as most notorious province for insurance fraud
Natal made up 42% of all fraud cases in the first half of 2009.
The South African Insurance Association has highlighted the growing trend of
increased fraudulent claims in its mid year report for 2009.
The group said that tough financial times had led to more people making
inflated and non existent claims in a bid to pocket the payouts.
"Types of short term insurance fraud include claims for events that did not
happen, for example theft, burglary and hijacking," said Viviene Pearson of SA
Insurance Association, "as well as inflated claims - claiming for a more
expensive item than was actually lost, claiming for more items that were
The area in South Africa that is more notorious for insurance fraud is
KwaZulu-Natal, making up a staggering 42% of all fraud cases in the first half
Gauteng and the Eastern Cape follow on the list.
Since 2003, the insurance industry has increased its focus on foiling false
insurance claims and Asisa said this week that the industry had managed to halt
fraudulent claims valued at nearly $376 million last year.
However, it was not all good news. "While the industry has been successful in
clamping down on fraud, the value of attempted cases has increased," said the
deputy Chief Executive Officer of Asisa, Peter Dempsey.
It is ultimately the innocent insurance customer that pays the price for
insurance fraud. If companies experience losses on false claims, they will
eventually have to increase the price of their premiums to recuperate these
Dempsey outlined several examples of insurance fraud, including claims for
monthly benefits on non existent injuries, and even switching fingerprints of
dead relatives in the case of life insurance claims.