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Why You Don’t Want To Win A Darwin Award

Last night the highly acclaimed Academy Awards took place. All year actors, actresses and directors desire to win the prestigious Oscar. However, there is an award that you might not want to win. Every year, there are countless cases of people causing their own deaths due to their stupidity or carelessness. These people are often posthumously presented with a Darwin Award, a tongue-in-cheek honour loosely based off scientist Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. The Darwin ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #11

Insurance Fraudster Got Caught After Tweeting: "Catch Me if You Can" Sharing what's on your mind, where you are or where you're going is a daily habit for millions of social media users. People use it to write something funny that can cheer up their friends, to tell their families that they have safely arrived or, in case of convicted criminals on the run, to cheer up the police by letting them know where to find them. Wanda Lee Podgurski, a former Amtrak clerk who fled after being ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #10

Four Women Faked Death of a Fake Man There are many insurance fraud cases where the fraudster fakes injury or even death. However, four women from Los Angeles decided to bring insurance scam to another level by faking not only that a person died but even the person who was supposed to die. The elaborate scheme included making up fictitious people, purchasing insurance policies, waiting for them to mature, arranging fake funerals with caskets filled with various items to simulate the ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #9

Dead Man Caught Speeding It was a tough time for Raymond Roth, a 47-year-old man from Massapequa, after he was fired from his job as a telecommunications manager for threatening to shoot two supervisors. Tired of working, he came up with a "better" plan for how to financially secure his future. Roth increased the size of his life insurance policy and asked his son, Jonathan, to help him carry out a brilliantly stupid insurance fraud scheme. (more…)
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #8

Two Men Cut off Mentally Disabled Man's Hand in an Insurance Scam It is horrifying what some people are capable of through their desire for money. Three men in Cayce, South Carolina, plotted and carried out a gruesome insurance fraud scheme that was based on cutting off one of the accomplices' hand. A 52-year-old mentally disabled man, Michael "Porky" Weaver, let his "friends" Gerald B. Hardin and David Player amputate his hand using a pole saw — a small chainsaw attached to a pole, ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #7

Man Filed Bogus Injury Claim But Continued to Wrestle Filing a fraudulent insurance claim is usually preceded by faking an injury. It requires careful planning as well as a certain level of acting skill and is not as easy as it might seem — unless you're a professional wrestler. This was the case of Michael "Mr. Motion" Taris, who made his living pretending to fall in a ring and was quite successful when he faked a slip-and-fall accident in a 7-Eleven store before filing an insurance ...
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Top 7 Most Bizarre Accidents

The world is an eventful place.some of these events are mind-boggling and others come right out of the blue. From very seemingly harmless accidents like playing on a jumpy castle to suffocation-by-death-cloud, these victims would never have expected to go like this! We really hope they had life insurance to ease the burden on their families — that is, after they got past the initial shock. Now, this doesn’t mean you must swear to never approach bouncy castles again in your life. So kick off ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #6

A Homeless Man Survives Six Murder Attempts Mike Malloy, a former fire fighter and engineer from Ireland whose excessive consumption of alcohol cost him his job, was a central figure in one of the most ridiculous insurance fraud attempts in the history of New York City. In the early 1930s, four men decided to get rich by tricking this homeless man into signing three different insurance policies naming them as beneficiaries before helping Malloy to drink himself to death. Everything went ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #5

Elderly Woman Staged 49 Slip-and-Fall Injuries Pretending to slip, fall, and sustain an injury in a supermarket is an old trick often used by people who want to con insurance companies. Most of these bogus claims are not successful because the fraudulent attempts are often obvious. However, Isabel Parker, a 72-year-old woman with a bad gambling habit, has mastered this scheme and was able to collect $500,115 from a total of 49 deceptive personal injury claims. The slip-and-fall queen ...
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The Dumbest Insurance Fraud Attempts Ever: #4

Couple Faked Death With Stolen Corpse of Opposite Sex Clayton Daniels was neither a responsible nor good husband. After pleading guilty to sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, he received a deferred ten-year sentence but failed to report to his probation officer, which brought him a 30-day jail sentence. Despite his appalling conduct, his wife, Molly, tried to save her husband from jail and earn some money at the same time by faking his death. The couple elaborated a shockingly brainless ...
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