One can only shake their head at some of the stupid things criminals do.  Yes insurance fraud is a crime, and not only is it punishable under the law, but it costs honest insurance paying citizens of Canada over a billion dollars a year in premiums.

In an attempt to gain some recognition for their cause and the fact that March is Fraud Prevention Month, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has teamed up with Toronto radio station Boom 97.3 to bring listeners an interesting contest.

After clicking on Boom 97.3’s website to enter the contest, listeners are encouraged to vote from the five  true stories of insurance claims that seem almost to unbelievable to be real, to determine “Canada’s Dumbest Criminal”.

For example, a man actually pushed a toothpick up his nose to get blood flowing then asked his girlfriend to run into him with her car a few times to create a fake crime scene.  Ouch!

Then there’s another man who tried to hide a 21-foot sailboat that he said was stolen in his 18-foot garage! 

After voting, contestants will be encouraged to “Like” IBC’s Facebook page to check on contest winner updates.  They can also enter a draw to win one of six iPad Minis from IBC.  The contest runs between March 4 and March 17.

“It never fails to amaze me the extent to which people will go to defraud the system,” says Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigations, IBC. “But auto insurance fraud is very serious and costs Canadians considerably more than $1.6 billion a year in insurance premiums and health care, emergency services and court costs.  Insurance criminals take money right out of our pockets.”





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