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Fake Insurance Policies

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAIhas informed that as per the information provided by various insurers, the year-wise break-up of fake motor policies is as under:

Fraud Monitoring Analysis – Data pertaining to fake Motor Policies
Financial Year No. Amt. (Rs. in lakhs)
FY 2016-17 498 3374.41
FY 2017-18 823 2570.79
FY 2018-19* 1192 5364.21

*excluding Oriental Insurance Co Ltd

IRDAI has further informed that they have directly received complaints relating to three instances of fake policies being issued pertaining to entities which are not registered as general insurers with them. The details are as follows:

i. ‘M/S AKPCL General Insurance Company Ltd’ (Year 2016).

ii. ‘M/s Gone General Insurance (Year 2019).

iii. ‘M/s. Marines Technology’ (Year 2019).

IRDAI has put up a public notice in each of the above mentioned cases advising general public not to make any transaction with these companies and to bring any unauthorised transaction to its notice. A complaint has also been lodged with the police authorities in respect of the company at S. No. (i) above and they are in the process of filing a police complaint against the companies mentioned at S. No. (ii) and (iii) above.

IRDAI has issued directions ref’ IRDA/SDD/MISC/CIR/009/01/2013 dated 21/01/2013 to all Insurers and Reinsurance Companies for putting in place fraud monitoring framework for identification, classification and monitoring of frauds.

IRDAI has carried out insurance awareness campaign through print media in 13 languages. They have also launched a consumer education website (www. as single point reference for dissemination of information about Consumer guidance and protection including in regard to motor insurance.

IRDAI has further informed that:

i. Every product registered with IRDAI has a Unique Identification Number (UIN which can be checked by policyholder.

ii. The list of approved products is put up on IRDAI website each year along with i UIN.

iii. The policyholder can check the details of their motor insurance policy on Insur website

iv. The policyholder can also check whether the insurers are registered with IRDAI.

This was stated by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


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