Last month ICBC released its annual Hall of Shame fraud claims for 2015.
Now, we get an inside look at how ICBC is catching fraudsters through online sleuthing.
From giveaway posts on Facebook, to selling vehicles on Craigslist, here are the top cyber-blunders of 2015.
- ROLLER DERBY ROOKIE: A woman complaining she couldn’t go back to work as a hairdresser after getting in a crash gets busted when cyber investigators find her Facebook and Twitter posts full of her hiking, running and…joining a roller derby team. Investigators find posts of her stellar performance on the rink as one of the ‘hardest hitters’ on the team. SETTLEMENT: half of what she was originally demanding.
- KUNG FU CURE: Following a collision, a Lower Mainland man claims he can’t go back to his desk job due to his injuries. But investigators find pictures of him on Facebook showcasing his athletic prowess, including crossing the finish line of a grueling 12-mile obstacle race in Whistler.But the real kicker is a video of him taking down an opponent at a mixed martial arts facility. SETTLEMENT: Citing a miraculous recovery from his injuries, he quickly settled his claim.
- CRAIGSLIST FIRE SALE: A Kamloops man reports to police and ICBC that his truck – which he claims is in good working condition – has been set on fire by vandals. When cyber investigators do some digging they find the same truck listed for sale on Craigslist with a note from the owner saying he was selling it because he couldn’t afford to pay for the repairs. PAYMENT DENIED!
- MILLION DOLLAR MISCHIEF: A Kelowna woman involved in a minor MVA when she’s hit by a motorcycle while walking in a crosswalk with friends. When the case goers to trial she demands $1M for her injuries. Besides inconsistent statements, and contradictory reports from her dad and her doctor, ICBC investigators also dig up some telling social media posts. When the overwhelming evidence shows her grossly exaggerated claims, the judge denies her $1M request . SETTLEMENT: She’s awarded $20,000 for her actual injuries, while also being slapped with a $34,000 bill to pay for ICBC’s legal costs. OUCH!