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Posted: 9/12/2012

Insurers pressure customers to take bargains while they can

Insurers have begun cutting the period during which a quote is valid. It's an attempt to win female customers at current prices before rates rise when new gender equality laws come into force.

Both life and motor insurance will be particularly effected by the European ruling which means insurers can't offer different prices to two otherwise Full Story

Posted: 21/11/2012

Hollywood star scammed by rogue insurance agent

A Californian insurance broker has been charged with defrauding four clients including actor Tom Hanks and former Police guitarist Andy Summers.

Jerry Goldman has been released on bail after a federal grand jury indicted him on the charges, meaning they ruled there was enough evidence that he should stand trial. He pleaded not guilty and will return to Full Story

Posted: 19/11/2012

Credit card protection could be new insurance scandal

A company called CPP had been fined £10.5 million for misselling insurance policies that cover the risk of cards being lost or stolen, and/or the risk of identity theft.

In many cases, these policies were partly or entirely worthless as they simply duplicated protection the customer already had from their bank. CPP will also have to pay up to £14.5 million in compensation to Full Story

Posted: 28/10/2012

Your phone ended up where?!

insurance claimSome of the most unusual mobile phone insurance claims are simply the result of accidents, including a woman whose phone was allegedly stolen by a seagull, a man who didn't realise his phone had fallen out of his back pocket before he flushed the toilet, and a woman who somehow dropped her phone into a Full Story

Posted: 21/10/2012

PPI misselling bill tops 10 billion

Barclays has confirmed its has now set aside a total of £2 billion to pay compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance. It takes the total banking sector costs to more than £10 billion, with predictions of the final bill hitting as much as £15 billion.

Barclays had previously earmarked £1 billion last year and £300 million earlier this year, with its latest financial figures including a £700 million charge. This isn't money it has Full Story

Posted: 18/10/2012

Ombudsman questions bogus insurance trends

The Financial Ombudsman Service says it has no evidence that fraud among policyholders is any more prevalent than in the past.

Chief Executive Natalie Ceeney said in the Ombudsman News publication that her figures don't show any significant change in the proportion of complaints that the service upholds or rejects. She believes that if attempted fraud was on the increase, more people would get Full Story

Posted: 16/10/2012

Demand for kidnap and ransom cover increases

Specialist insurers are reportedly finding more business for dedicated kidnap and ransom policies. The policies are doing well now that many travel policies that used to offer some degree of coverage specifically exclude at-risk countries.

Katie Small of London Loves Business reported that it's not just obvious sites such as the waters off Somalia that Full Story

Posted: 8/10/2012

Bogus pelican crossing prompts insurance fraud claim

Texas resident Andy House owned several vehicles including a Bugatti Veyron, one of just 300 ever made. He took out an insurance policy worth $2.2 million with the Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company.

Three weeks later he claimed for the full value of the car after it wound up in a salt water swamp. He told police that he had dropped his mobile phone and, when he looked up from picking it up, was distracted by a low-flying pelican and swerved off the road.

Investigators Full Story

Posted: 2/10/2012

iPhone 5 users quick to get mobile cover

Industry figures show the release of the iPhone 5 has led to a flurry of requests to take out specialist mobile phone insurance.

The details come from Lifestyle Services Group, which administers mobile phone insurance on behalf of phone networks and banking groups that offer cover to the public. It currently oversees around Full Story

Posted: 20/9/2012

New register aims to stop insurance scammers claiming nearly 1 billion

Insurers have revealed that scammers make claims totalling almost a billion pounds a year. It's led to the launch of a register to try to hunt down serial fraudsters.

New figures from the ABI suggest insurers discovered an average of 2,670 fraudulent claims every week in 2011, up 5% on the Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: All news items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making insurance decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these news stories may no longer be current.
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