Insurance cheats discover social media is the real pain in the neck

To come in seventh place in a field of 2,000 competitors in a 10km race is quite an achievement for any enthusiastic runner. So in the age of social media it was unsurprising that William Owen tweeted a picture of himself running said race in St Helens.

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A few weeks later and the energetic 29-year-old tweeted that he had signed up for a half marathon, and shortly after came a picture of himself on top of Mount Snowdon. More remarkable than his athletic achievements, however, was the fact that a few months previous he had claimed to have suffered neck and back pain after a car reversed into his vehicle in a petrol forecourt.
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Insurer Aviva, whose customer had been involved in the accident, became suspicious when Owen did not seek medical attention for more than two months after the crash, and was then diagnosed with whiplash with a medical prognosis of nine months – during which time he ran the 10km race, was pictured on top of Snowdon, and worked three weeks in a row without a day off from his manual job. Unsurprisingly, Owen’s claim was dropped when his tweeted behaviour was presented to his solicitors.

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