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Allianz Commercial detects record fraud volumes worth £70.7m

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Allianz Commercial detects record fraud volumes worth £70.7m

Allianz Commercial detected £70.7m worth of insurance fraud in 2022, up from the £63.6m in 2021. This amounts to a £7.1m or 11.2% uptick.

Property and casualty (P&C) saw the greatest increase in fraud savings against the prior year. This trend may indicate a move away from traditional types of motor fraud such as crash-for-cash scams. However, the industry continues to see vastly exaggerated motor claims. Across property and casualty, while the number of fraud cases declined last year, the value of each case increased to record levels.

Application fraud, where a customer provides false information to purchase a policy, has grown significantly, suggesting front-end controls are detecting these lies and fabrications more effectively.

Regarding fraud at claims stage, machine learning has been increasingly helpful in detecting dishonest attempts.

Overall, a major factor in this fraud-busting success has been the excellent collaboration across Allianz’s internal teams, suppliers and the insurance industry.

James Burge, head of counter fraud at Allianz Commercial, commented: “At each economic downturn, insurers usually see fraud escalate. In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, we didn't want our honest customers to bear any additional costs from fraudsters, which is why we were determined to detect and defeat fraud in order to protect them.”

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About Allianz Holdings plc

Allianz Holdings plc is the non-regulated holding company which owns the principal insurance operations of Allianz SE in Great Britain including Allianz Insurance

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with 126 million* private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 716 billion euros** on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage nearly 1.8 trillion euros** of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we are among the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2021, over 155,000 employees achieved total revenues of 148.5 billion euros and an operating profit of 13.4 billion euros for the group.

These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below.

*Including non-consolidated entities with Allianz customers.
** As of June 30, 2022

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This document includes forward-looking statements, such as prospects or expectations, that are based on management's current views and assumptions and subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance figures, or events may differ significantly from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Deviations may arise due to changes in factors including, but not limited to, the following: (i) the general economic and competitive situation in the Allianz Group's core business and core markets, (ii) the performance of financial markets (in particular market volatility, liquidity, and credit events), (iii) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, including those resulting from natural catastrophes, and the development of loss expenses, (iv) mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (v) persistency levels, (vi) particularly in the banking business, the extent of credit defaults, (vii) interest rate levels, (viii) currency exchange rates, most notably the EUR/USD exchange rate, (ix) changes in laws and regulations, including tax regulations, (x) the impact of acquisitions including and related integration issues and reorganization measures, and (xi) the general competitive conditions that, in each individual case, apply at a local, regional, national, and/or global level. Many of these changes can be exacerbated by terrorist activities.

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