A bribe, an allegedly stolen motorcycle and a staged accident ring are among the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) top five frauds of 2008. ICBC also announced yesterday that fraud exaggeration costs each of its 3.1 million customers an estimated $100 to $150 annually.
Last year’s top scams are:
1. In September 2008, a court awarded ICBC more than $369,000 after 22 people worked together to set up 12 intentional crashes dating back to 1995.
2. A Vancouver woman who failed her written and driving test three times each, put two $100 bills on her driving instructor’s seat claiming it was a “tip” not a “bribe.”
3.An Abbotsford man reported his motorcycle stolen but investigators discovered the motorcycle had actually been abandoned weeks before the alleged theft.
4. A man claims he is unable to work or drive due to injuries he received during an accident but a surveillance tape not only showed that he was working and driving, but also lifting heavy boxes and equipment.
5. A young man from Kelowna admitted that he crashed his grandmother’s car after first claiming it was a hit-and-run.