Zurich poll finds most liars don’t realise they could void their policy

One in five Brits have lied to their insurance company, according to a poll of 2,000 adults commissioned by Zurich.

Of those who admitted lying, just 19% said they knew that submitting wrong information could render their policy invalid.

That compared to 82% of the 2,000 who knew a claim could be rejected if they provided wrong information when they took out the policy.

The poll also found that 32% of people were more comfortable lying online than over the phone.

Phil Ost, Zurich UK head of personal lines direct, said: “Honesty really is the best policy when it comes to things like jobs and insurance. The consequences of being found out can be severe and maybe invalidate a policy and potentially result in claims not being paid.”

The survey found that 87% of people would not lie to other professional bodies such the police, an accountant, their council or mobile phone network to save money.