Media Release

Aussies committing hundreds of billions in fraud

    • Aussies are lying about more than $220 billion worth of debt
    • More than 1.3 million Australians have committed insurance fraud
    • Tips for lowering your premium the legal way

17 December, 2018, Sydney, Australia – Millions of Australians are being untruthful to save a buck, according to new research by finder.com.au, the site that compares virtually everything.

One in ten Aussies (10%) admit to lying on a finance application in order to secure credit, meaning more than $220 billion1 in finance could have been applied for under false pretenses.

The survey of 2,010 shows 4% lied on a credit card application and with roughly 16.1 million cards in circulation, that means more than 600,000 may have been acquired using false information.

Bessie Hassan, Money Expert at finder.com.au, said honesty is always the best policy when it comes to credit applications.

“If the false information results in you gaining access to credit you would not otherwise be able to obtain then there could be serious consequences.

“It might mean you are more likely to default and depending on the fine print you could even face prosecution.

“Giving false information whether that’s exaggerating the value of your assets or employment status to underestimating expenses – is fraud,” she said.

The research also revealed that 1.3 million Australian have committed insurance fraud.

Aussies were most likely to bend the truth on car insurance, with 561,000 lying on applications, followed by health insurance (486,000) and life insurance (205,000).

Hassan said honesty is the best policy when it comes to insurance as well.

“Even if telling the truth could increase premiums, it’s worth being upfront as the alternative could have serious consequences.

“Insurance fraud is illegal, so it goes without saying that dishonest claims will be denied.

“Insurance brands have claims investigators so it’s likely they’ll find out if you’ve lied,” she said.

Generation Y were more than 10 times likely to lie (17%) on an application than Baby Boomers, at only 1%.

“The best legal way to reduce your premiums is to compare your options online.

“Whether it’s pre-existing conditions, no-claim bonuses or even your age, lying isn’t worth the rejected claim if something does go wrong.

“Be upfront because even if you are a long standing customer, questions will be asked about what you put on your application,” she said.


11 ABS data. Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, June 2018. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/5232.0Main+Features1Jun%202018?OpenDocument

 
 

Have you ever lied on a credit/debt application? (multiple selections were allowed)

Type of creditYesNumber of Australians
Credit card4%763,864
Home loan2%381,932
Car loan2%381,932
Personal loan2%381,932
Business loan1%190,966

Source: finder.com.au

 
 

WAYS TO LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS (WITHOUT LYING):

  • Compare policies online to ensure you’re getting the best value for money.
  • If you're considering switching insurance brands, give your insurer a call first and ask whether they can offer you a more competitive price. Sometimes they might be able to lower your premium.
  • Some insurance brands offer multi-policy discounts when you take out more than one policy.
  • Many insurers offer discounts when you purchase online.
  • For home insurance, consider installing heightened security measures as these can impact premiums.

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Disclaimer

The information in this release is accurate as of the date published, but rates, fees and other product features may have changed. Please see updated product information on finder.com.au's review pages for the current correct values.

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