Brits faking insurance claims to ease debts?

Around 2.4 million people in Britain have admitted they would fake a home insurance claim – possibly to help ease debt worries – it has been suggested…

Around 2.4 million people in Britain have admitted they would fake a home insurance claim – possibly to help ease debt worries – it has been suggested.

New research by moneysupermarket.com has revealed almost 402,000 individuals have confessed to making a successful false application.

About six per cent of the population would now willingly file a case, compared with five per cent in August 2009.

This means that around 500,000 more Britons are considering submitting a dodgy claim.

Julie Owens, head of home insurance at the website, said: “How worrying to see so many customers believe it is acceptable to make a false or exaggerated claim on their home insurance.”

Not only is it inadvisable, she added, but also illegal and people could be prosecuted as a result.

A study conducted by R3 recently found that around 30 per cent of those with personal insolvency troubles have not told the people closest to them about their difficulties.

By Joe Shervin

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