Insurance companies spot 13,000 fraudulent claims, more companies are cheating


Insurance companies prevented some 13,000 attempted fraudulent claims last year, which is in line with 2020, but more companies tried to fake their insurance.

Dutch insurers’ association Verbond van Verzekeraars said attempts to scam more than €85 million were foiled during the year. A total of 1,198 companies attempting to commit fraud were spotted, up 13% from 2020.

“We are paying increasing attention to commercial fraud,” said association director Richard Weurding. The number of companies now on a special “watch list” available to all insurance companies has more than doubled, he said.

The most prevalent form of fraud involved car insurance, which accounted for 54% of fraudulent claims and was often based on exaggeration of damages. Property insurance represents 26% of claims and civil liability 12.5%.

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