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What happened to this therapist who was convicted of insurance fraud

November 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ajax, Ont. woman who billed claimants and insurers for therapy services that were never performed has lost her bid to appeal her criminal convictions to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2008, a motor vehicle accident victim went to

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Why this client can only recover $50,000 on a $2.7-million commercial crime claim

October 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An electronics distributor that lost nearly $2.7-million because its accounts payable staff were duped by fraudsters cannot claim under policy wording covering funds transfer fraud, a Quebec court has ruled. In Future Electronics Inc. (Distribution) Pte Ltd. v. Chubb Insurance

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Fraud schemes that financially-strapped clients may be considering

July 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some consumers who owe money on vehicle loans during the COVID-19 pandemic may be tempted to make false auto theft claims, an independent adjuster warns. “Insureds who are desperate for money may have the vehicle stolen and burned to ensure

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COVID-related fraud schemes that IBC has observed

June 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Four vehicles were reported stolen to separate insurers, from the same driveway, on the same night in Brampton, Ont. This is just one example of alleged fraud identified shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Insurance Bureau of

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Pandemic insurance fraud: What to watch for…

May 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Inflated auto towing and storage claims and arson are among the risks the industry faces from the economic downturn and social distancing arising from the pandemic, a fraud and data analytics expert warns. “A legitimate accident may happen and [a

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Why phone evidence fell short in this triple-collision fraud lawsuit

January 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An insurer suspicious about a vehicle accident obtains evidence that the occupants of the different vehicles were talking by phone to one another. But without knowing exactly who was talking and what the vehicle occupants were talking about, this type

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Why artificial intelligence should be able to detect auto fraud

October 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence can make it nearly impossible for fraudsters to make a false claim appear real, the founder of an A.I. vendor suggests. If an auto insurance claim is fraudulent, A.I. software could pick up on that as long as

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How good are estimates of industry-wide insurance fraud?

September 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers really don’t know how much money fraud is costing them. “In Ontario, we have to rely on other jurisdictions to try and quantify it because we are so lousy at it,” said Gordon Rasbach, former vice president of property

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How to make a good first step in the fight against auto fraud an even better one

September 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The launch of Canadian National Insurance Crime Services [CANATICS] was a good move in the fight against auto claims fraud, but Canada is still at a disadvantage to other countries, a former police detective and senior Aviva claims executive said

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What insurers requested of police chiefs

June 24, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurers are calling on greater collaboration with law enforcement to help fight auto insurance fraud. The cost of auto insurance fraud is overwhelming, and no one industry can tackle it alone, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of the Insurance Bureau

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How this type of client is reducing fraud risk

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Biometrics and two-factor authentication will become more popular tactics for mitigating cyber crime risk, a British Columbia credit union executive predicts. “I feel like I do a lot of biometrics,” said Marilyn Mauritz, chief transformation and governance officer at Vancouver-based

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Why liability and reputational risk is changing

May 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Technology is making it easier for consumers and businesses to move money, but it can also create new liability risks, fraud experts warned Tuesday. “Financial institutions really have to think about their position on liability,” said Jas Anand, senior manager