Committing insurance fraud is bad, but killing pets for insurance money? Now that's surely a crime deserving the deepest circle of Hell.
The bad news is that fraudulent claims on pet insurance policies are on the rise in the UK:
First it was spurious claims for whiplash and other injuries, then it was "crash for cash". Now a new type of fraud is affecting the insurance industry - pet scams.
Dishonest claims on animal policies almost quadrupled last year, making it the fasting growing area of insurance crime.
Figures from the Association of British Insurers show there was £1,929,900 worth of pet insurance fraud detected last year – up from just £420,000 in 2009. [...]
Insurers believe frauds include owners getting rid of the animal - by selling it or even killing it - then claiming a payout for early death. The animal may never have existed in the first place.