Unum Surveillance – Foiled!

Coming to the UK soon, courtesy of UNUM!

One of our clients called today to report a Unum surveillance which caused her to be fearful. Although we frequently think of “surveillance” as taking place in a Van or Mini Van, interestingly, this Unum investigator used a Toyota Tundra (a large-sized truck) with blackened out windows. From what the insured reported to DCS it would be a reasonable guess the surveillance was attempted by G4S or The Hub – professional investigators.

The surveillance  investigator was viewed by the insured as a “man in black” since it appeared he was also clad in black clothes. What immediately drew the attention of the insured, as she left her home, was that the truck had a giant black sun visor (one that pops open) clearly visible on an overcast day of 30 degrees.

Also visible, as described by our client, was a “long shiny black thing sticking out of the window pointed at me” which she thought looked like a gun – and that’s when she became extremely fearful and decided to do something about it. The surveillance device “did not look like a camera as we know it”, the insured reported.

The insured stood in front of the truck, took a picture, and yelled “stop filming me now.”  Once she was able to see the investigators face, she remembered seeing him previously.

In retrospect she remembers him turning quickly onto her street the day before. Interestingly, our client also reported the investigator was dressed in black, had a goatee with glasses and didn’t have the scruffy appearance usually associated with private investigators.

Scared, the insured located  her gardener and asked him to come with her to witness the surveillance. At one point the gardener walked up to the truck and asked the driver to “stay away and leave.” According to the report the driver did not put down the window and at one point looked extremely angry his attempt at surveillance had been foiled!

As previously reported on Lindanee’s Blog, Christmas and holidays are target surveillance times for Unum and other insurers who may be looking for a reason to deny claims quickly before the end of the year. Unum, in particular now hires outside professionals to conduct their surveillance, and from the reports we have, these guys are technologically up-to-date and push the boundaries of private trespass.

What is interesting about this particular incident is the description of the “shiny, long black thing” given by the insured which did not resemble a video camera at all. If anyone has any suggestions about what kind of technology that is, please let me know. I’m certainly going to make a few calls to local investigators and see if I can find out.

I am very aware of how scared insureds can feel during surveillance activity. Insureds can also call their local police and request them to intervene and ask the investigators to ‘move on.” This insured was really shaken by the experience, but was able to expose the surveillance when it scared her.

Sometimes I wonder where insureds get their courage, but this insured stood her ground. Good for you!

Linda Nee’s Blog

Comments
  • Gail Ward on Facebook December 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

    probably some sort antenna but yes i regularly see these vehicles in my street simply cos high concentration of claimants, they are so obvious now everyone knows they being targetted

  • Steven Preece on Facebook December 15, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Could be some sort of listening device – the long black thing.

  • Gail Ward on Facebook December 15, 2011 at 1:58 am

    hardly undercover lol

  • G4S working for Unum as spies on disabled claimants in the U.S.?

  • Bridget Denise Price on Facebook December 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

    clearly antenna, she is being watched by aliens or some giant bug, (like the film mimic?). I always thought DWP were Kafka-esk it seems UNUM have gone one step further.

  • Michael Caits on Facebook December 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    It’s okay, because here in the North of England if a van like that rolls up anywhere about twenty or thirty guys armed with everything from baseball bats to hilte guns are likely to “make his day..” UNUM are just another deluded little insurance firm who think they are the bloody CIA.. even the people they Hire are low rent. Remember, if they come onto your property uninvited – you can pretty much do anything with them.

  • Kath Gray on Facebook December 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    duncan campbell tells of being followed on his bicycle thru london by 3 brown jags wioth identicallt dressed people in the front seats.

  • Sam August 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Unum carried out video surveillance on me and it was disgusting. They sent the video to my treating consultant before disclosing it to me, which I understand is a breach of the data protection act.

    I didn’t leave the house until the afternoon because I was in so much pain and late morning in their frustration, they zoomed into my bedroom window, kitchen window and lounge window. I could have been undressed and they would have had everything on camera because the contents the room could be seen.

    Then they followed me to my parents house. They disclosed my fathers personal mobile number in a report. They followed my brother in his car and his baby son, this makes me truly sick because I wasn’t even with them.

    They parked outside my brothers house, waiting. I wasn’t even with my brother I was still at my parents house. They edited the video to make it look like I was walking faster, the edited the bits of them following my brother and his son so it is not obvious that they followed a *ucking baby without any need because I wasn’t with them!

    They are evil and their practices unethical and illegal. I want to take them to the dry cleaners!

  • Carl Loftus December 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I reD THE umnum comments [not sure who this is?]but [and Iam sorry if this sounds that I have done every thing]but It is inevitable to be under surveillance in this country even if you have done no wrong. Iwas under covert surveillance in 2003 prior to a high court JR case and the surveillence was not lawful as the high court temporarily set aside the substantive issue to immediately take action on what the judge described as an affront to the democracy to the whloe of the uk. R.I.P.P.A. LEGISLATION WAS IGNORED AND THIS IS I SUSPECT IS STILL GOING ON. [look at rippa2000 covert surveillence and know your [perceived]rights in law.

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