Saskatchewan Government Insurance Releases Top 5 Wild Insurance Scams for 2021

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has released its top five “wild and goofy” insurance claims that were found to be false after investigation by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

“In 2021, the SIU arrested hundreds of people attempting to make fraudulent claims, saving the company approximately $6 million. This important work helps keep insurance rates low for honest customers,” SGI said in a press release.

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Here are the top five insurance frauds of 2021, with names changed for privacy reasons:

bump into an old friend

A man claimed his vehicle was run over after a woman drove his vehicle through a stop sign. The man and woman said they didn’t know each other. The woman was initially charged by police, but further investigation revealed the possibility that the accident was staged.

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The SIU obtained video of the crash showing the man slowing to a stop, which gave the woman enough time to accelerate and crash into the side of her vehicle.

“The video evidence, together with the data uploaded to the vehicle, showed that the accident was indeed staged,” SGI said in the statement.

It was also discovered during the investigation that the two drivers knew each other well.

The claim was denied, saving SGI $7,000.

Technology to the rescue

A woman claimed her all-new 2021 Camaro was stolen.

Police worked with OnStar to locate the vehicle, which was located with a damaged front end.

The woman filed a claim with SGI, but they say her ‘story got a little murky’ when she admitted she still had both key fobs because the car wouldn’t be able to start without them.

When the woman found out that SGI would be collecting technical information from OnStar, she decided to withdraw her claim.

SGI saved $13,000.

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in the drink

One woman, Barb, claimed her daughter Amanda borrowed her vehicle and had a collision. Barb said it was raining at the time of the crash and when Amanda swerved to avoid hitting a deer on a gravel road, she slid off the pavement into a nearby dugout.

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SGI said the story seemed plausible at first, until an SIU investigator went to see the scene for himself. It turns out that the gravel road was not gravel and the dugout was actually a town tank hundreds of feet from the paved road.

SGI said the vehicle should have passed through a city park before entering the reservoir.

The investigation also revealed that Amanda had been drinking at the time of the accident.

The claim was denied and SGI managed to save $65,000.

car of his dreams

“For many people, it’s a dream to own a vintage muscle car, and for this would-be fraudster, it will stay that way,” SGI said of this next denied claim.

A man, James, claimed his classic car was stolen, but he was unable to show any receipts or financial information relating to the car.

SGI said it also couldn’t give them photos of the vehicle from the last 15 years.

“The only photo James shared with SGI turned out to be an image of a vehicle in the United States,” the statement read.

SGI said neighbors and body shop personnel who supposedly worked on the car do not recall it. It wasn’t the kind of car anyone would forget, SGI added.

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This canceled claim saved SGI more than $20,000.

Doesn’t add up

Julie said her rental property was stolen during a claim. She said tens of thousands of dollars worth of property was stolen.

SGI said that with this assertion, there were red flags from the start.

“Julie had only taken out insurance two weeks before the alleged theft. She also had no receipts or documentation to prove she ever owned the stolen items,” SGI said.

SGI said a financial assessment had been carried out which proved that Julie could not afford major purchases with her income. The SIU also determined that the rental property was not large enough to house everything that was reported stolen.

“Evidence accumulated rapidly against Julie’s claim, which was ultimately dismissed,” SGI said.

The denied claim saved SGI $70,000.

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SGI reminded customers that it is important to always tell the truth when making an insurance claim.

Anyone with information about potential insurance fraud is encouraged to contact SGI’s Special Investigation Unit at [email protected] or 1-800-667-8015, ext. 6887. Reports can also be made anonymously by calling Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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