The Most Dodgy Insurance Claims Of All Time
- Insurance claim. Who: Woman with diamond earring. Location: Minnesota, USA. Insurance type: Home. Insurer: Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company. Claim paid: No.
Claim: A woman’s pet goose grabbed a diamond earring with its beak and swallowed it before the woman could intervene. The woman searched through the goose’s droppings for two weeks but found nothing. The insurer
told the woman to kill the goose and dissect it to find the earring but the woman could not bring herself to do it. One day the goose flew away, and that was the end of that.
- Insurance claim. Who: Ahmad Akhtary. Policy amount: £300.000. Insurance type: Life. Insurer: Norwich Union. Claim paid: No.
Claim: Akhtary acquired a forged death certificate from Afghanistan claiming he had died from head trauma. While his wife filed a claim for the £300,000, Akhtary continued to live openly in Gloucester and made regular
visits to his GP. After his fingerprints were found on the death certificate, the couple were sentenced to jail for nine months. The policy was never paid.
- Insurance claim. Who: A farmer. Insurance type: Motor. Claim paid: Yes.
Claim: While returning to his car from a plant nursery a man saw a camel kick his car, leaving a sizeable dent. fortunately, the bizarre event was caught on film and the insurer paid up.
- Insurance claim. Who: "Canoe Man" John Darwin. Policy amount: £680.000. Insurance type: Life. Insurer: Unknown. Claim paid: No.
Scam: Darwin, who claimed he was worth more dead than alive, faked his death by paddling into the sea in a canoe on a stormy day. He came directly back to shore where his wife picked him up. Darwin camped by the
beach and grew a beard so that friends would not recognize him.After collecting on the policy, Darwin and his wife eventually moved to Panama for six years. He finally turned up and claimed he had no recollection of the
time since his disappearance - that is until a photo was found of him and his wife buying a house in Panama.
- Insurance claim. Who: Man with boxer shorts. Insurance type: Home. Insurer: AA. Claim paid: Yes.
Claim: A man dried his boxer shorts by hanging them in front of a gas fire. The man went out to buy a newspaper and upon returning he realised he no longer had his keys. He finally got inside, only to find that his boxers had
burned and caused smoke damage to the interior of the house.
- Insurance claim. Who: Emmanouil Parisis. Location: Barnstaple, Devon. Policy amount: £1.85 million (15 different policies). Claim padi: No.
Scam: Devon-based dentist Parisis had documents forged which claimed he died in a car accident in Amman, Jordan.. After changing his name to Neil McLaren he moved to Aberdeenshire. Meanwhile, his wife submitted
claims on 15 different insurance policies. Parisis/McLaren was recently sentenced to five years in prison.
- Insurance claim. Who: Young British traveler. Location: Greece. Insurance type: Travel. Claim paid: Yes.
Claim: The traveler was walking down the street when a group of women in bikinis caught his attention. But his distraction proved disastrous. He walked into a bus shelter and broke his nose.
- Insurance claim. Who: Newlyweds. Location: Caribbean. Insurance type: Travel. Claim paid: Yes.
Claim: A destination wedding went awry when the barbeque set the bride's gown on fire. in a desperate move to save her, the groom quickly picked up his wife and not-so-gently dropped her in the sea. Their outfits were
- Insurance claim. Who: British family. Location: Wales. Claim paid: No.
Claim: A stray parachutists landed on the family's mapping pitch and destroyed their gear. The family not only lost their gear but their insurance claim too.
Confused.com | Sources: guardian.co.uk; autocricket.com; telegraph.co.uk; expressandstar.com; dailymail.co.uk.