Police probe potentially exaggerated and false claims following tip-offs from insurers

The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Department (IFED) has arrested 11 suspected fraudsters across the country as part of an investigation of suspect personal injury claims.

Some 60 IFED police officers took part in the ‘trip and slip’ investigations after receiving tip-offs from a number of insurers and the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

Claims under investigation have ranged from a £8,500 claim for all over body injuries resulting from a slip on water in a college canteen to a £200,000 claim for ongoing medical treatment for injuries suffered in a bus crash in Pakistan.

Seven men and four women have been arrested at homes in Cleveland, Essex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.

A further three men and one woman will be interviewed today.

Head of IFED DCI Dave Wood said: “Today’s trip and slip day of action marks a major step forward in our nationwide investigation targeting people suspected of trying to con insurers with bogus insurance claims.

“It may seem like a quick and easy way to bolster your bank balance but the reality is that those who lie about injuries suffered in real or fictitious accidents can also expect an early morning knock at their door from IFED detectives.”


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