n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - The criminal prosecution of insurance fraud : an encouraging recent decision : case comments

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



Insurance fraud in the form of fraudulent claims upon insurers remains in the news. Estimates vary, but it may be that at least one-third and as much as one-half of all insurance claims submitted to South African insurers are fraudulent in one way or another.

The main victims are, of course, insurance companies. Quite rightly, though, they warn that unless the incidence of fraud upon them is reduced drastically, they will have no choice but to pass the increased costs of underwriting on to policyholders in the form of increased premiums. As always, then, the innocent majority of insured will have to pay for the misdemeanours of a small minority.

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