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Row looms on tracking fraudsters

FSA backs condemnation of insurers using detectives

Insurers are set for a head-to-head battle with the FSA over the use of surveillance to track down suspected fraudsters.

The regulator is backing moves by the Information Commissioner condemning the use of private detectives and other practices to track down people suspected of submitting fraudulent claims.

The IC wants jail sentences of up to two years for offen-ders but the ABI has reiterated that it reserves the right to use detectives and surveillance such as when someone claiming an injury under an income protection policy is, for example, caught playing sport.

The FSA will not be implementing specific rules to comply with another body’s codes but will pile the pressure on insurers not to use “unlawful” means.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has told its members of the FSA’s stance but it is understood that the IC is not as concerned about lenders chasing debtors as it is insurers’ practices.

ABI spokesman Malcolm Tarling says: “It is in the interests of honest customers that we use such means. It is a sensitive issue and insurers will always comply with the law but we would always argue for something that cuts out cheats. We will respond to the FSA and consider our views.”

FSA head of retail markets Clive Briault says: “We entirely support the cond-emnation of the unlawful obtaining of confidential personal information. While we do not think that it is open to us to introduce a rule that requires compliance with the regime established by another regulator, we will make our support clear to regulated firms.

“We will send a copy of the letter sent to the IC to trade associations representing the firms we regulate for circulation to their members.”


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