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December 25 2014

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Insurance Fraud News

December 22 2014

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Crackdown on insurance fraud will bring down premiums

December 18 2014

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Car insurance: get a 12.5pc discount with a dash-cam



Drivers who sign up to the policy must ensure their dash-cam is always in the car and switched on when driving. If a policyholder were to be involved in an incident, Swiftcover said it would expect them to send video evidence to help settle the claim.

"We will deal with cases where there is no video available on a case-by-case basis," a spokesman said.

Dash-cams are typically wired into your car so they automatically turn on and start recording when the car is started. Cameras can also be powered by a cable plugged into the cigarette lighter. Dash-cams have built-in memory and record on a continuous loop, so when the storage is full it will record over the oldest footage.

Recording devices have been popular for some time in other countries, particularly in Russia, where the Russian Highway Patrol is notoriously aggressive and the roads can be extremely dangerous thanks to long icy winters.

But the trend for dash-cams is growing in Britain, partly thanks to the rising incidence of fraud such as "crash for cash" scams. Halfords said year-on-year sales had increased by 320pc.

(Warning: one collision involves a vehicle striking a deer)

In June, Aviva, which insures one in 10 cars in Britain, said the number of "crash for cash'' frauds surged by 51pc last year.

Aviva said it had detected around 820 staged accidents in 2013, leading to some 2,200 fraudulent personal injury claims.

Have you used footage from a dash-cam to prove your innocence? Telegraph Money wants to hear from you. Email us at nicole.blackmore@telegraph.co.uk or write to Money Desk, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0DT.

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December 15 2014

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Insurance Fraud News

December 11 2014

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Towergate opens Manchester Fusion branch



11 December 2014 |By Newsdesk

New branch is Fusion's seventh

Towergate's commercial underwriting arm Fusion has opened its seventh UK trading office in Manchester.

The branch will be run by regional director Vicky Spence and initially have 10 staff.

Spence joined from Beaumonts Insurance Brokers, where she was group operations director. She previously held a number of sales and operations roles at RSA.

Fusion's other offices are in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Lymington, Glasgow and Leeds.

Fusion chief executive David Bruce said: "Each insurance market and area has specific needs and we aim to service each of these with our network of empowered underwriters who can make client decisions straight away without the need to refer back to a central head office.

"Manchester and the North are important markets for us and we are certain that Vicky and her team will have made an impact from day one."

http://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/towergate-opens-manchester-fusion-branch/1411191.article

December 08 2014

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Insurance Fraud News

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December 01 2014

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The 10 new cars that are cheapest to insure



Drivers can save hundreds of pounds a year by buying a car that is cheaper to insure.

The Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii, Volkswagen Up! and Citroën C1 fall into this category, costing just £210 for comprehensive cover.

A Hyundai i10 (pictured) costs £214, a Fiat Panda £220 and a Chevy Spark £222. Average premiums are £531.

The cost to repair a car, its value, performance and any security features all add to premiums, regardless of a motorist’s age, driving record or postcode.

Because a Ferrari is more likely to be stolen than a Fiat, every car falls into one of 50 groups set by the Group Rating Panel, commissioned by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Cars in Group One are typically cheapest to insure.

The cheapest group also includes the Volkswagen Fox (£225 to insure), Vauxhall Corsa (£248) and Smart Fortwo Pure (£264), according to calculations by the comparison website Comparethemarket.com.

Premiums are based on a 30-year-old man from Peterborough with a 12-year no claims record.

Julie Daniels from Comparethemarket.com said all drivers could take steps to keep insurance costs down.

“Vehicles will have very different insurance quotes, as the size of the engine as well as your personal circumstances are all taken into account,” she said. “You may well pay less for your insurance if your car is a Ford Fiesta than if it is a Volkswagen Golf.”

Ms Daniels said a customer’s “risk profile” varied between insurers, so it was worth getting multiple quotes.

“Your current provider may be more expensive than other competitors, so get multiple quotes,” she said.

An ABI spokesman said that, generally, smaller cars with lower performance should be cheaper to insure than more powerful luxury and sports cars, which were more likely to be stolen.

kate.palmer@telegraph.co.uk

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November 27 2014

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Car insurance: get a 12.5pc discount with a dash-cam



Drivers who sign up to the policy must ensure their dash-cam is always in the car and switched on when driving. If a policyholder were to be involved in an incident, Swiftcover said it would expect them to send video evidence to help settle the claim.

“We will deal with cases where there is no video available on a case-by‑case basis,” a spokesman said.

Dash-cams are typically wired into your car so they automatically turn on and start recording when the car is started. Cameras can also be powered by a cable plugged into the cigarette lighter. Dash-cams have built-in memory and record on a continuous loop, so when the storage is full it will record over the oldest footage.

Recording devices have been popular for some time in other countries, particularly in Russia, where the Russian Highway Patrol is notoriously aggressive and the roads can be extremely dangerous thanks to long icy winters.

But the trend for dash-cams is growing in Britain, partly thanks to the rising incidence of fraud such as “crash for cash” scams. Halfords said year-on-year sales had increased by 320pc.

(Warning: one collision involves a vehicle striking a deer)

In June, Aviva, which insures one in 10 cars in Britain, said the number of “crash for cash’’ frauds surged by 51pc last year.

Aviva said it had detected around 820 staged accidents in 2013, leading to some 2,200 fraudulent personal injury claims.

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November 20 2014

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Quindell's largest City shareholder: 'We made a mistake'



M&G Recovery manager admits mistake/Quindell analyst exits house broker

Quindell’s largest external shareholder, M&G, has admitted making a mistake in backing the firm.

The manager of M&G Recovery Fund, Tom Dobell, leapt to Quindell’s defence after the Gotham attack in April, even calling founder Rob Terry at the time a ‘hard working, capable chief executive’.

But today he told the Financial Times: “It appears at this point we made a mistake but this is still a business that is a going concern. Institutional investors are often criticised for cutting and running, but we worked closely with Quindell to improve governance.”

M&G was understood to have a 6.7% stake in Quindell in March. M&G also took part in the £200m share issue a year ago.

Last week it was reported that another major shareholder, Fidelty, sold more than half its stock in Quindell.

Meanwhile, the analyst who covered Quindell for its house broker, Cenkos, has exited the firm.

Andrew Bryant left Cenkos by ‘mutual consent’, the firm confirmed today.

Cenkos has suffered a difficult month as house broker. It has had to work through clarifications over founder Rob Terry’s murky share deal with US-based Equities First Holdings LLC in which he originally proclaimed to be buying stock, although it later emerged he was net seller of stock. Terry has since resigned as chairman.

Earlier today it emerged the London Stock Exchange is probing Quindell over the events of the past month.

Quindell suffered another blow on the stock market today as shares fell 20% to a new low of 43p. The firm had a market capitalisation of £2.5bn earlier this year, but it has now fallen to just £188m.

http://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/quindells-largest-city-shareholder-we-made-a-mistake/1410840.article

November 13 2014

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The 10 new cars that are cheapest to insure



Drivers can save hundreds of pounds a year by buying a car that is cheaper to insure.

The Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii, Volkswagen Up! and Citroën C1 fall into this category, costing just £210 for comprehensive cover.

A Hyundai i10 (pictured) costs £214, a Fiat Panda £220 and a Chevy Spark £222. Average premiums are £531.

The cost to repair a car, its value, performance and any security features all add to premiums, regardless of a motorist's age, driving record or postcode.

Because a Ferrari is more likely to be stolen than a Fiat, every car falls into one of 50 groups set by the Group Rating Panel, commissioned by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Cars in Group One are typically cheapest to insure.

The cheapest group also includes the Volkswagen Fox (£225 to insure), Vauxhall Corsa (£248) and Smart Fortwo Pure (£264), according to calculations by the comparison website Comparethemarket.com.

Premiums are based on a 30-year-old man from Peterborough with a 12-year no claims record.

Julie Daniels from Comparethemarket.com said all drivers could take steps to keep insurance costs down.

"Vehicles will have very different insurance quotes, as the size of the engine as well as your personal circumstances are all taken into account," she said. "You may well pay less for your insurance if your car is a Ford Fiesta than if it is a Volkswagen Golf."

Ms Daniels said a customer's "risk profile" varied between insurers, so it was worth getting multiple quotes.

"Your current provider may be more expensive than other competitors, so get multiple quotes," she said.

An ABI spokesman said that, generally, smaller cars with lower performance should be cheaper to insure than more powerful luxury and sports cars, which were more likely to be stolen.

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November 06 2014

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Consumers unhappy with insurer use of social media to check claims



6 November 2014 |By Newsdesk

A Consumer Intelligence survey reveals less than a thid of consumers agree with insurers using social media for claims verification

Less than a third of insurance customers think it is fair for insurers to use social media to investigate claims, research from Consumer Intelligence reveals.

Only 29% said it is fair for insurance companies to use social media posts to check the validity of claims and a third of consumers are unaware that insurers might use social media when checking claims.

The Consumer Intelligence study shows widespread resistance to data use by companies with just 53% believing it is fair for insurers to share information with other companies and only 63% believing it fair motor insurers can use DVLA data.

However, the highest level of resistance is to the use of social media and credit records - only 28% believe it is fair insurers can check financial status.

The survey also revealed 72% of consumers believe firms do not properly explain the amount of information they can access.

Ian Hughes of Consumer Intelligence said: "Consumers need to be aware that insurers routinely share information and that they can use multiple sources to obtain information about the individual.

"We've all heard stories about people subsequently regretting updates or photos they've shared on social media and these can also affect insurance claims.

"Insurers ought to be clearer about the information that they can get from third parties in order to assess consumers' risk profiles and, in some instances, to investigate claims."

Despite the opposition to data use, 62% of consumers believe insurers will vary quotes depending on people's financial status and 67% believe insurers will do the same based on social media.

http://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/consumers-unhappy-with-insurer-use-of-social-media-to-check-claims/1410643.article

October 30 2014

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'My car was scratched while being washed in a car park - who pays?'



This very much depends on the car insurance you have.

According to a study by Gocompare.com, the comparison site, of 237 comprehensive car insurance policies on the market, just under half insure your vehicle for damage caused whilst it is in the care of a valet, which may or may not include car washing companies.

As a result, you cannot automatically assume you'll be covered.

Businesses like car washes or valet parking companies should typically have their own insurance to cover customers against any mishaps, said Matt Oliver, car insurance expert at Gocompare. He said: "The amount of liability a business is willing to accept for your vehicle can vary significantly, and some may not cover any damage or theft of items from your car at all."

If you want to recover the costs of repairing the damage caused to your car, there are a number of different basis on which you might claim against the car washing company, such as breach of contract or negligence.

"An alternative claim might be against the operators of the car park on the basis that the car washing company was acting on their behalf, assuming the company was authorised to operate in the car park," said Richard Bagwell, partner at Foot Anstey, a law firm.

"With any claim, you will have to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that the damage was caused by the company, or if it was not done by the company, when the car was in their care. This means that you will need evidence to prove that the damage took place within the two hours you left the car.

"Unless the company is willing to admit that it caused the damage, you should look to see if there is any objective evidence of what happened, such as CCTV footage. Without objective evidence, a Court will have to decide, on balance, whether the damage did take place."

In FK's case, she will have to check with her insurer to see if she is covered for the damage, as the company is unlikely to pay up once the person has left the car park. This is because the firm could claim that the damage was done in the intervening time after the vehicle left the car park.

Remember that any claim for repairs will also affect a motorist's claims history, and future premiums may be affected because of this.

If the insurer doesn't cover the damage, the cost will fall to the motorist. Usually, scratches on vehicle bodywork can be repaired for around £60-70.

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October 23 2014

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Aviva head slams car insurance review



“If we look at the major challenges facing the market – whiplash claims, fraud and escalating legal costs, to name a few – the scope of the investigation was inadequate. This led them to ineffective remedies, some of which they discovered they did not have the authority to implement.”

Mr Wilson goes on to suggest that the CMA should have been able to review the motor claims process in its entirety. He refers to the process as one “which prioritises financial compensation and encourages exaggerated and opportunistic personal injury claims”.

Mr Wilson personally and Aviva corporately have long lobbied for a change to the culture of motor insurance claims, lobbying Justice Secretary Chris Grayling for help in easing the burden of false whiplash claims on the industry.

In his comments, Mr Wilson repeats his demands to end the UK’s compensation culture, noting that last year 94pc of all motor claims paid by Aviva were for minor injuries such as short-term whiplash.

“Compare this to France where whiplash accounts for only 3pc of motor injury claims. The UK does not have the weakest necks in Europe. But it does have weak laws and regulations governing personal injury claims and rogue claims management companies,” he says.

James Dalton, head of motor insurance for the Association of British Insurers, said of the report: “The fact that it fails to do anything to address the excessive costs of replacement vehicles – a problem that the CMA itself identified – will be a bitter pill to swallow for honest motorists.”

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October 16 2014

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'My car was scratched while being washed in a car park - who pays?'



This very much depends on the car insurance you have.

According to a study by Gocompare.com, the comparison site, of 237 comprehensive car insurance policies on the market, just under half insure your vehicle for damage caused whilst it is in the care of a valet, which may or may not include car washing companies.

As a result, you cannot automatically assume you'll be covered.

Businesses like car washes or valet parking companies should typically have their own insurance to cover customers against any mishaps, said Matt Oliver, car insurance expert at Gocompare. He said: "The amount of liability a business is willing to accept for your vehicle can vary significantly, and some may not cover any damage or theft of items from your car at all."

If you want to recover the costs of repairing the damage caused to your car, there are a number of different basis on which you might claim against the car washing company, such as breach of contract or negligence.

"An alternative claim might be against the operators of the car park on the basis that the car washing company was acting on their behalf, assuming the company was authorised to operate in the car park," said Richard Bagwell, partner at Foot Anstey, a law firm.

"With any claim, you will have to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that the damage was caused by the company, or if it was not done by the company, when the car was in their care. This means that you will need evidence to prove that the damage took place within the two hours you left the car.

"Unless the company is willing to admit that it caused the damage, you should look to see if there is any objective evidence of what happened, such as CCTV footage. Without objective evidence, a Court will have to decide, on balance, whether the damage did take place."

In FK's case, she will have to check with her insurer to see if she is covered for the damage, as the company is unlikely to pay up once the person has left the car park. This is because the firm could claim that the damage was done in the intervening time after the vehicle left the car park.

Remember that any claim for repairs will also affect a motorist's claims history, and future premiums may be affected because of this.

If the insurer doesn't cover the damage, the cost will fall to the motorist. Usually, scratches on vehicle bodywork can be repaired for around £60-70.

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October 10 2014

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Marion Barry's Car Impounded After Crash On $2,800 In Unpaid Traffic Tickets - Washington Times

Barrys tickets date back to 2012. The most recent was issued Thursday, while the vehicle was parked in the 1200 block of Talbert Street in Southeast, apparently too close to a fire hydrant. DMV spokeswoman Vanessa Newton said previously that the agencys records indicate none of the 21 tickets had been appealed. She also confirmed that Mr. Barry does not have any points assessed to his drivers license, noting that neither parking tickets nor automated speed enforcement tickets would result in points being added to a license. To rescue his car from the impound lot, D.C. police indicated Monday that the former mayor would have to pay off all his old fines. The DMV says that vehicle registration and tags must be up to date before a vehicle can be released from a city impound lot.
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October 09 2014

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Lloyd's chief exec predicts cyber insurance boom



9 October 2014 |By Newsdesk

Inga Beale says recent high profile attacks in the US will trigger a surge in the market

Lloyd’s of London chief executive Inga Beale expects the market for cyber insurance to surge after major cyber attacks on JPMorgan and Home Depot in the US.

Beale told Bloomberg News that many businesses are not yet alert to the risks of an attack or of the need to buy coverage.

She said cyber insurance could cover loss of future revenue and reputational damage, and provide help to get systems back up and running.

“Cyber is a new risk and it is a concern,” she told Bloomberg. “Lloyd’s is at the heart of cyber attacks, providing coverage right now. It’s going to grow dramatically with all the high-profile hacking incidents.”

JPMorgan last week revealed that 76 million households and 7 million small businesses had been affected in one of the largest cyber attacks on record.

A month earlier, Home Depot confirmed a security breach had compromised 56 million payment cards.

Barbican Insurance underwriting manager for cyber, technology and media Geoff White said in August that UK companies spend only £20m a year on cyber security, but that he expected this figure to balloon to £450m within five years. White said the total UK cyber market was worth £3.5bn.

The growth has been put down to the new European Union rules requiring companies to report a data breach or face a fine. Barbican predicts this will spur companies to invest in insurance to cover the cost of dealing with attacks and claims.

In the US, laws were introduced in 2005 to force companies to take steps to protect themselves from cyber attacks, triggering an increase in insurance spend.

US companies spent $1.3bn on cyber insurance last year, compared with $850m in 2012. And that is expected to grow by a further $1bn this year, according to Barbican.

http://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/lloyds-chief-exec-predicts-cyber-insurance-boom/1410252.article

October 06 2014

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Drag Racing: Taylor Keeping It All In The Family » Sports » The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa

The retired auto body shop owner is happy to spend much of his time with family. He does so every weekend. Oh, as for slowing down: He no longer drives 200 miles an hour in traffic. These days the lifelong race driver, who grew up in the shadow of the Port Royal Speedway, holds it to about 143, although he may soon speed things up, to about 175. Taylor is a regular in the modified eliminator class every Sunday at Beaver Springs Dragway, where he began racing in 1996. His 1966 Chevy Nova, for which he takes lots of good-natured ribbing from his family of Ford drivers, is running in the 9.30-second (at 142-143 miles per hour) range on the quarter-mile drag strip. As has been his history since running sprint and stock cars at Port Royal Speedway, Taylor, even at 75, is always looking for a challenge. So instead of riding off into the sunset, Taylor is in the process of purchasing a dragster, which he hopes to debut at BSD this weekend. That one runs 7.60s at 175 miles per hour, so were going to see how wide my eyes will open next week, joked Taylor last weekend while enjoying a sunny afternoon at his home away from home in Snyder County on test-and-tune day.
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October 03 2014

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Backpacks And Eco-clothing | Going Green | The Earth Times

The breathability here is also important for your back with heat often building between your shoulder blades if designs don't allow air flow there. The Banshee, also in women's models, is top-loading with "8+" pockets, making it convenient in woven nylon for good waterproofing in the mountain rains. For better indestructability, go for the Bombastic cargo chute nylon fabric of the North Face Prophet, which has a moulded back panel, but you'll pay even more. Alternative backpacks could find you with Osprey's Talon, with lots of pockets too, and a really well ventilated frame for those shoulder blades. There's a Pack Sizer App to help you get the perfect fit and it should be cheaper, depending on where you shop. Trousers can help us get to the end of this interminable list of possible things to wear in desert, hill or country-seat! Your shirt is your own affair, given the teenager-look that you tend to see even on the highest Scottish Munro. Nevertheless you should ideally choose breathability and comfort, and of course the cognoscenti always have the undershirt! Rohan's well-known and trusted products such as their Dry Explorer are still among the best, but expensive unless there's a sale on.
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September 29 2014

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The Valley Line: Chamber's Mixer Celebrates 'christmas In July' - Burbank Leader

member who is recovering from a serious car accident she was involved in while on vacation on Wisconsin's Washington Island. Dave said that Jacky is recovering in a convalescent home in Sheboygan (the town where she was born) and should be coming back to La Canada Flintridge by mid-August. We wish you a quick mend, Jacky! That jolly old man himself, Santa, made a surprise visit to the mixer. He arrived in a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patrol car with lights flashing and siren sounding. Shhh, don't tell anyone, but impersonating Santa was Anthony Portantino. He was very jolly indeed. The kids who had come to the mixer quickly gathered around the white bearded guy in the red suit to tell him what they wanted for Christmas and they in turn received little candy canes. The Christmas celebration carried on with a grand feast prepared by Los Gringos Catering.
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September 26 2014

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 2014 Edition Review: Big Screen, Even Bigger Price

The problem is, though the screen is indeed higher-res than its predecessor (1,920 x 1,080 vs. 1,600 x 900), it's still relatively low-res compared to most other Ultrabooks. At this point, 1080p is standard for flagship Ultrabooks, even those with 13-inch screens, and many go up to either 2,560 x 1,440 or 3,200 x 1,800. (Samsung says super-high-res screens in this size range are still hard to come by -- fair enough.) What this means is that even mid-range 13-inch systems have a higher pixel density and, in many cases, are noticeably sharper. So, while you do indeed get more screen real estate here, you otherwise can get as good a screen or better on any number of cheaper machines. Sound And now, the reason you might consider this over a cheaper system: the stupendous audio quality. You can't tell by looking at it -- the two speakers on the bottom edge are small and discreet -- but the ATIV Book 9 houses an audio encoder/decoder made by Wolfson, a respected name among audiophiles. In particular, this is the Wolfson WM5102, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) tailored for phones, tablets and other portable devices -- you know, like this one.
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