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True Tales of Bizarre Insurance Fraud: 5 Stories That Will Make You Scratch Your Head

by | Apr 18, 2023

Insurance fraud is a serious crime, but sometimes, the stories behind these fraudulent schemes are too bizarre to believe. At Page Insurance, we enjoy sharing entertaining tales related to our industry, so join us as we explore five head-scratching stories of insurance fraud that you won’t soon forget.

The Slippery Customer

In 2018, a man in New Jersey attempted to stage a fake slip-and-fall accident at a local business. He intentionally poured water on the floor, threw ice cubes on top, and then pretended to slip on the slick surface. Unbeknownst to him, the entire incident was caught on surveillance cameras. He later filed an insurance claim for injuries sustained in the fall, but the video evidence led to his arrest and fraud charges.

The Disappearing Violin

In 2014, a professional musician reported that his rare, antique violin worth $700,000 had been stolen from his car. He filed an insurance claim, but investigators soon discovered that he had sold the violin to a pawn shop before reporting the theft. The musician was eventually charged with insurance fraud and faced hefty fines and potential jail time.

The Case of the Burnt Ferrari

In 2009, a man in Switzerland decided to burn his luxury Ferrari F430 to collect insurance money. He enlisted the help of two accomplices and drove the car to Germany, where they set it ablaze. He later filed a claim for the destroyed car, but investigators soon discovered the plot after reviewing security footage and tracking down the accomplices. The man was eventually convicted of insurance fraud.

Arson Gone Awry

A restaurant owner in England set fire to his failing business to collect insurance money. He set the fire, but it quickly spread to a nearby building, causing significant damage. When investigators determined the cause of the fire, they discovered that the owner had used gasoline to start the blaze, which he had purchased using his credit card. The owner was convicted of arson and insurance fraud.

The Case of the Stolen Moustache

In a truly bizarre case, a man in the Netherlands claimed his prized, $10,000 mustache had been stolen during a break-in at his home. He filed an insurance claim, but the insurance company grew suspicious and launched an investigation. It was revealed that the man had shaved off his mustache and tried to sell the hair online before filing the claim. He was charged with insurance fraud and ordered to pay back the money.

We’re Here for You!

While these stories of bizarre insurance fraud might make you chuckle, it’s important to remember that insurance fraud is a serious crime with severe consequences. At Page Insurance, we’re committed to helping our clients navigate the insurance world with honesty and integrity. If you have questions about your insurance coverage or need assistance finding the right policy, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!

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John Page, President of Page Insurance, has been a driving force in the insurance industry since 1999. As a licensed agent in Property & Casualty, Life, and Health insurance, John has won numerous awards for agency management and works tirelessly to improve agency operations with the client in mind. He is passionate about building and investing in the Page team of experts, ensuring they deliver top-notch service to clients. In his free time, John enjoys snowmobiling, gaming, reading, traveling with his wife and three kids, and cheering on the local Idaho Falls hockey team.