Fraud Investigations Service
Our surveillance and fraud investigations service provides answers to your questions with solid photographic and video evidence, protecting you and your business from fraud.
Why Use Private Investigation Services for Fraud Claims
Research conducted by the ABI shows that, in 2013 alone, insurance fraud costs companies an estimated £1.3billion. That’s an extortionate £3.5million every day. What is more shocking is that undetected fraudulent activities that year was estimated at a further £2.1billion. These figures only account for insurance claim fraud and not personal injury or benefits fraud.
These figures are particularly worrying when you consider that many average people fall victim to false claims; making it increasingly difficult for honest individuals to secure insurance cover. Some companies only accept the most reliable case studies, leaving regular customers out in the rain with no home or car insurance. As a result, more and more people are turning to private investigation services to help in fraud prevention.
Private investigator services may carry out surveillance on the claimant to establish their activity prior to making a claim.
A car insurance fraud investigation is one of the most reliable case for investigating a suspicious insurance claim, financial crimes, or any person suspected to commit fraudulent activity. They search for evidence of wrongdoing, liaising with insurance companies and can inform law enforcement agencies where necessary.
Our insurance fraud investigators have covered cases of all shapes and sizes. While financial fraud is the most common, we have also seen a huge rise in personal injury fraud, online fraud and benefit fraud in recent years. The evidence we prepared was used as the deciding factor in criminal convictions.
Our insurance investigators have stood alongside our clients as witnesses to ensure the evidence we provide cannot be disputed.
Personal Accident Claims
Personal accident claims are the legal process of claiming damages from another party for injury or death sustained in an accident. An individual can make personal accident claims if they sustain injury or death as a result of someone else's negligence, fraud, or malice. Insurance fraud investigations are conducted if a claim is suspected of being false or exaggerated.
Injury at Work Claims
Injury at work claims occurs when somebody gets injured while working. The two most common injuries are musculoskeletal disorders and psychological issues. Insurance fraud investigations are required if a claim is suspicious and stop fraudulent activity in its tracks.
Slip, Trip & Fall Claims
A slip, trip and fall is an injury that occurs when a person slips, trips, and/or falls over an object lying on the floor. It can also happen when someone steps into the water, like a puddle. The cause for this type of accident or incident may be due to negligence or oversight by another individual or group of people. Insurance fraud investigations are needed if a claimant or a group of claimants have submitted a claim that appears to be fraudulent and exaggerated.
Benefit fraud is the act of falsely claiming benefits (welfare income) you are not entitled to or making false statements in order to receive more money than you are entitled to. Corporate fraud investigations are needed if a discrepancy occurs between income reported and the number of benefits being paid. The aim is to investigate whether a person is committing benefit fraud, not to recover any money owed.
Insurance fraud occurs when an individual or group attempts to deceive an insurance company for financial gain. Insurance fraud has many different forms such as exaggeration of injuries, staging accidents, submitting false medical claims and making fraudulent loss of earnings claims.
Financial fraud, also known as investment fraud or financial misrepresentation is a deception that induces an individual or group to provide money for a non-existent entity. To prevent fraud, investigators are hired to build a case. They will research, analyse and investigate all aspects of the fraudulent activities before taking any legal action.
Although fraud investigations are rarely straightforward, we utilise the full spectrum of our investigation services and a global network of investigators to obtain the truth. We prepare the evidence that will demonstrate the facts under any level of scrutiny and is admissible in court.
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How could I be a victim of Fraud?
I have bought something online and it never arrived.
In the world of online deliveries, lost items are common, but a simple phone call to the retailer should result in a replacement or refund without much trouble. In some cases, an order doesn’t arrive and when contacting the company to follow it up, a customer can find the company unresponsive. In these cases it is likely that you have been defrauded by individuals posing as a legitimate business.
A case like this may require some desk-work to investigate the company’s credentials and the bank account to which your payment was sent. This case may also involve surveillance and enquiry agents services to ask after the company in the area of the alleged business premises.
I met somebody online and I think they have robbed me.
Meeting people online is becoming increasingly common, but is no less risky because of this. If someone you have met up with after talking online has left with your belongings, or you have sent somebody money and then lost contact with them, you may have been deliberately targeted and defrauded.
In cases like this, we can use our skills to trace any payments made or find an address for the individual, allowing you to find them again and make a report to the police that is backed up with evidence collated by our team.
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Fraud Investigation FAQ's
This depends on the type and the severity of the fraud, if you believe you have been a victim of any form of financial fraud the most important step is to contact your bank immediately. Whilst it may not be possible to recover funds, they will be able to put a temporary hold on your account to stop any further funds being taken. At this point you may also need to contact the non-emergency police line (101 in the U.K) and log your complaint with Action Fraud. (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime)
The police have a finite amount of resource and many cases of fraud unfortunately fall into the category of civil matters leaving them unable to offer assistance. If you need to discuss a case of fraud we are privately funded by our clients and therefore can commit as much time and resource as our clients are willing to finance.
Our clients confidentiality is paramount to us and all of our agents are trained to know exactly what they can and cannot disclose.
If the task requires disclosing your identity this is something you would be made aware of at the initial stage and confirmation would be sought before proceeding.
We are fully GDPR compliant so all of the data we hold is stored and accessed securely.
Firstly and foremostly, make sure you never transfer money or funds to somebody you are not absolutely confident about.
If in doubt, ask the question, take time to check all of the details seem to add up, if somebody is claiming to be from a company then do an online search for them and ask if you can call the business to ask them to put them through to you or confirm their validity.
Yes, all of the fraud investigations we conduct are done so legally, lawfully and ethically.
The information we obtain will always be presented to a standard that is sufficient to be used as evidence however it will be your legal advisors that make the decision as to whether it is objective enough to be used in court.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) there were an estimated 3.8 million incidents of fraud in the year ending March 2019, these figures showed an increase in 17% on the previous year and over half of them (54%) were cyber-related.
We are contacted by businesses and individuals who have become the victims of fraud every week. Many clients feel embarrassed that they have fallen for something that in retrospect doesn’t seem legitimate, our team are always happy to offer free and non-judgemental advice so do not hesitate to call if you are concerned you may be at risk.
We investigate many different types of fraud, our team have experience dealing with;
– Identity Theft
– Online Romance Scams
– Investment Fraud
– Telemarketing Fraud
– Inheritance Fraud
– Cryptocurrency Fraud
– Online Catfishing
– Benefit Fraud
-Fake Money Scams
– Sale of Counterfeit Goods
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