Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Fraudulent Claims
The world and its people keep moving. Greater access to transportation options has opened up the idea and reality of travel for many people. As our travel habits grow and flourish, be an element of good and bad experience.
After quite rarely bother issuing comprehensive travel insurance for your trip, nowadays it is a standard part of booking practice. Since this has become a more general cost for travelers, the industry must become more vigilant against false claims that, in the end, raise interest rates for all of us. Some fraudsters are pretty clever with their false claims – some are not.
Since comprehensive travel insurance has become a necessity more than luxury for travelers, the industry must respond with greater coverage in anticipation of incidents. So much can be wrong when people leave the comfort of their own home and try to find out something unusual. The purpose of travel insurance is to eliminate these fears and not let ‘what if’ stop people from exploring the world. However, overseas environments can increase the likelihood of occurrences of strange events, and some people choose to capitalize on this possibility. Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Fraudulent Claims
The strange and beautiful
Even some legitimate claims made against traveler’s comprehensive travel insurance can sound really made! One claim, recently filed, is for medical expenses incurred after a head injury caused by a coconut. Another claim came from an unsatisfied skier whose holiday was devastated by the snow at the destination – amazingly, the insurance was paid!
Other claims come from unfavorable encounters with wild animals, miscalculation of fitness levels, or impulsive decisions that lead to poor old judgment. The travel insurance industry must stay afloat as claims become increasingly unreasonable and also keep an open mind, since very few are actually beyond the realm of possibility.
With rising claims (both original and fraudulent), travel insurance companies must be literal investigators, sometimes traveling to the home country of the claim, and / or having to collect witness statements to support the claim. Comprehensive travel insurance strives very hard to honor the ‘comprehensive’ element of the services they offer.
Not so smart Comprehensive Travel Insurance and Fraudulent Claims
People who make fake travel insurance claims seem to underestimate the amount of evidence needed to support their claims. Previous travel insurance claims can only be made, filed and believed through a conversation or written statement to your insurance agent.
The common claims are for coverage of lost or stolen items. Travelers these days are bringing more expensive electronic equipment, such as digital cameras, phones or laptops while on vacation with them, as well as other valuables, such as jewelry. Fortunately, our digital age is on the side of an insurance investigator who will ask for proof or purchase, proof of ownership of the photo, and perhaps even witness the event where the item is missing.
For example, after claiming that a very expensive ring was lost while on vacation, a plaintiff was asked to make photographic evidence of the ownership of this ring. Once the photo is submitted, it does not take much investigation talent to see the time / date stamp on the photo, which only proves that the plaintiff still has the ring he has after filing his suit. Try good
Internet is secure
It is understandable that travelers may not want to spend extra money on insurance that they may never use. However, the peace of mind that comprehensive travel insurance pays is just priceless. Those who try to ‘work the system’ rarely achieve their goals and will only raise interest rates for all of us. Fake insurance claims are still a crime, and crimes never pay (literally).
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in annual, family, single travel and all other types of comprehensive travel insurance. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.