Aviva Canada warns Canadians about fraudulent "pink slips"
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading
providers of home, auto, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance,
is warning Canadians about the risks of insurance deals that seem too good to
In cooperation with the Toronto Police Service, Aviva Canada is releasing
details of a recent insurance scam that has left individuals without auto
insurance coverage and cost them hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of
"With the anonymity and ease of classified websites, we have seen a sharp
increase in the amount of fake motor vehicle liability insurance cards, also
known as pink slips, being sold online," said James Russell, Chief
Underwriting Officer for Aviva Canada. "Consumers need to be aware that some
individuals have made a business out of defrauding others and use this type of
scam as a regular source of income."
Serafattin (George) Solak has been charged with:
-- 1 count of Fraud over $5,000
-- 13 counts of Fraud under $5,000
-- 8 counts of Uttering a Forged Document
-- 4 counts of Misleading Receipts
-- 8 provincial charges of Sell, Give, Distribute Insurance Card
On September 10, 2013, Toronto Police Service officers arrested Mr. Solak
outside of his Edmonton home. The arrest was possible after Aviva Canada
worked with the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Crown Attorney's office
to uncover sufficient evidence for a Canada-wide warrant. He was returned to
Toronto on September 11, 2013, and was taken directly to 31 Division. He is
currently in custody awaiting a court appearance in a Toronto courtroom.
During the arrest, police officers seized fraudulent Aviva Canada motor
vehicle insurance liability cards.
"We want to emphasize that the charges against Mr. Solak are just one
instance. Other would-be criminals are trying this over and over again,"
continued Russell. "What people are buying from these individuals is not
insurance - it's just a piece of paper that comes with a big risk. Any driver
using a fake insurance slip instead of securing valid coverage could
potentially be sued for millions of dollars."
The charges were laid by Toronto Police Service after Aviva Canada provided
evidence of fraudulent activity. It is alleged the Mr. Solak advertised
insurance for sale on various online classified websites including Kijiji and
Craigslist. It is also alleged that he met with a number of potential victims
in person, accepted cash or cheques and provided false motor vehicle liability
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario has also issued a public warning
about Mr. Solak and his connection to a fake insurance scam.
What happens to those who are caught with false insurance?
Having false insurance means a driver has no insurance at all, which is
illegal. If it is discovered that a driver has a false insurance card, they
could be charged with a criminal offence, possibly leading to first-time
-- A minimum $5,000 fine, up to a maximum of $25,000.
-- Vehicle seizure for up to three months, with the owner
responsible for all storage costs.
-- Driver's license suspension for up to one year.
-- For a second conviction the minimum fines double, and there is
the possibility of being charged with a criminal offence.
What happens to those who have false insurance and who are involved in an auto
Those having a false insurance card (meaning no valid insurance) and are
involved in a vehicle collision:
-- Will not be covered for any collision damage to their vehicle.
-- Are not eligible to sue anyone else for damage to their vehicle
or bodily injury, even if they weren't at fault.
-- Can be sued for damage to the other vehicles involved in, or
for bodily injuries that resulted from, the accident and will
be held personally liable leading to wage garnishing or
It is also important to note that if a family member or friend is driving the
falsely insured vehicle, they can be charged and/or sued for damages.
What can consumers do to protect themselves?
-- Be mindful that if a deal seems too good to be true, it likely
-- Never purchase insurance with cash.
-- Call the company listed on the policy to ensure it is valid.
-- Never meet in a public place with someone that claims to be an
insurance representative. Insurance brokers or insurers will
have branded websites and/or an office; they will not likely
ask to make a transaction in a public place.
-- Remember that even if the motor vehicle liability insurance
card looks legitimate, it could still be a fake.
-- Report it, report it, report it! If enough consumers alert
authorities of this activity, fraudsters will be easier to
capture and convict. Call the Insurance Bureau of Canada's TIPS
line at 1.877.IBC.TIPS, the Financial Services Commission of
Ontario's Fraud Hotline
or call 1-855-5TIP-NOW, or
What Aviva Canada is doing to fight fraud
Building on already strong capabilities, Aviva Canada has stepped up its tough
approach to tackling fraud with more dedicated resources and an investment in
technology that aims to identify fraud and even anticipate the potential for
fraud before it happens. With an industry-leading anti-fraud team, plus solid
public sector and industry collaboration, Aviva Canada is well positioned to
combat fraud better than ever before. The impact of Insurance fraud in Canada
is estimated at over $1.6 billion dollars annually.
About Aviva Canada Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty
insurance groups in Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle,
group and business insurance to more than three million customers. A
wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000
employees, 25 locations and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada
and its employees invest in positive change including through the Aviva
Community Fund and Eva's Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to
School program to help homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.
For more information visit AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook
and LinkedIn pages.
SOURCE Aviva Canada Inc.
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social
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