Singapore woman scams SG$30,900 from 12 insurers

She had filed numerous false travel insurance claims for delayed baggage

Singapore woman scams SG$30,900 from 12 insurers

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

A Singaporean woman was found guilty of defrauding 12 insurers of SG$30,900 through numerous false travel insurance claims for delayed baggage, despite not going on holidays.

Wendy Tan Phaik Sim, 46, filed the claims under the names of her daughter and husband, Yahoo News Singapore reported. To fool the insurers, she forged letters confirming baggage delay.

Tan was sentenced to one year and two months of imprisonment after pleading guilty to five out of 20 counts of cheating, with the remaining charges taken into consideration in sentencing.

The fraudulent claims, the report said, were filed between April 25 and Dec. 2, 2018. In November 2017, Tan took a trip to South Korea via Cathay Pacific Airways and encountered a delay in her baggage. Using the genuine letter and itinerary from the airline as templates, Tan created fictitious flight details and baggage tag numbers and submitted them with claims to various insurers, even though she, her husband and her daughter did not make any trips. In some instances where the family did go abroad, Tan submitted false claims even though no baggage delay happened.

The husband and the daughter were not aware that their names were being used in the scheme, the report said.

The 12 insurers were MSIG Insurance Singapore, United Overseas Insurance, AXA Singapore, FWD Singapore, AIG Asia Pacific Insurance, Great Eastern General Insurance, Aviva, Direct Asia Insurance Singapore, ERGO Insurance, NTUC Income, Chubb Singapore and Sompo Singapore.

An employee from Sompo was the first to notice something amiss in Tan’s claim, which used her husband’s name. The employee checked the company’s records and found several claims under the same name. Upon consulting with other insurers, it was discovered that least 12 travel insurance claims were filed under Tan’s or her husband’s name since 2017. Upon confirmation with airlines that no such baggage delays occurred, the representative reported Tan to the police and the scheme unravelled.

Tan and her sister eventually returned the full sum to the 12 insurers.

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