BBC viewers are to have twice-weekly doses of travel insurance fraud warnings - starting next week - as our Head of Special Investigations, Simon Cook, takes to the screen in BBC One’s popular Claimed and Shamed programme. The series is to be presented by Strictly’s Ore Oduba.
Simon will talk more than a million potential viewers through far-fetched travel insurance claims: hammering home the message that the penalties for fraudsters are harsh.
He says: “Travel insurance fraudsters come all walks of life and include doctors, celebrities and even solicitors. But I want to let potential fraudsters know that there is nowhere to hide and their scams will be uncovered in all four corners of the world.”
Simon and his UK team work with global investigators to get to the bottom of suspicious travel insurance claims that range from fabricated deaths and made-up muggings, to doctor and patient collusions and false medical bills. They use a huge variety of detection techniques that include face-to-face meetings, cognitive interviewing and investigations of overseas medical centres. With translation services at their fingertips, they communicate with doctors, police, retail outlets and more - wherever they are in the world, whatever language they speak.
Simon will appear on Claimed and Shamed twice-weekly for the next four weeks. This is the fourth time that he features on the programme, which gains popularity year-on-year.
Watch Simon on Claimed and Shamed at 11am on BBC One to find out more: starting next Tuesday and Wednesday October 18th and 19th.