TORONTO, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - It's amazing the lengths to which some
people will go to cheat their insurance company. Some of the weird and
wacky things they do to make false insurance claims are funny - and
just plain dumb! But fraud is no laughing matter.
March is Fraud Prevention Month and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has
teamed up with Toronto radio station Boom 97.3 to run a unique contest
that allows listeners to vote for Canada's Dumbest Criminal: http://www.boom973.com/IBC/dumbestcriminal.aspx
After clicking on Boom 97.3's website to enter the contest, people will
read five true stories of insurance claims that left investigators
shaking their heads. They can then cast their vote for the criminal
that they consider to be the dumbest.
For example, a man actually pushed a toothpick up his nose to get blood
flowing then asked his girlfriend to run into him with her car a few
times to create a fake crime scene. Ouch!
Then there's another man who tried to hide a 21-foot sailboat that he
said was stolen in his 18-foot garage!
After voting, contestants will be encouraged to "Like" IBC's Facebook page to check on contest winner updates. They can also enter a draw to win
one of six iPad Minis from IBC. The contest runs between March 4 and
"It never fails to amaze me the extent to which people will go to
defraud the system," says Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigations,
IBC. "But auto insurance fraud is very serious and costs Canadians
considerably more than $1.6 billion a year in insurance premiums and
health care, emergency services and court costs. Insurance criminals
take money right out of our pockets."
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
115,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to
discuss the details in this media release.
SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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