On the car insurance blog we have warned fraudsters and urged the public to blow the whistle on those who commit insurance fraud! We are pleased to report that the public has blown the whistle on one such fraudster!
A Gauteng man’s attempt to defraud his insurance company with a faked hijack report backfired when police found he had hidden the car, a police spokesperson said on Thursday.
Inspector Happy Nate from Kliprivier said the man claimed to have been hijacked and robbed of his Opel Corsa bakkie in November, but a tip-off led investigators to where he had stored it. Kliprivier police officers arrested the man after they found the dismantled vehicle – stripped of its engine and wheels – in a nearby settlement.
Investigating officer Inspector Rassie Erasmus said what was left of the vehicle was without any value.
“The bakkie has been dismantled and has no engine. It is gone and finished,” he said.
The 50-year-old man would be charged with perjury and fraud. The police has emphasized that hijacking is a serious offence and reported cases are treated with urgency.
The insurance firm was contacted about the case and was conducting its own investigation.
Why do we report car insurance fraud?
We would like to urge the public to report any such instances of car insurance fraud. These criminals are not merely trying to improve their financial wellbeing. Car insurance fraudsters do much more harm:
- They waste important Police resources through their own selfish greed for money!
- By sending the police on a false trail they prevent police from investigating other serious crime such as murder, rape, child molestation etc!
- Through their fraudulent claims they increase our car own insurance premiums.
- Their fraudulent claims place our legitimate insurance claims in a weaker position where we are also treated with suspicion and extra caution!