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National Insurance Crime Bureau

How One Association Is Working to Stop Fraud In Its Tracks

The following is from an article written by Susan Besze Wallace for FORUM Magazine.

Like the accident, the phone call seemed to come out of nowhere. It was just a fender bender. Luckily no one was injured by the texting teen's failure to stop her car, but the man who dialed within days of the incident told the owner of the bumped bumper that she was entitled to $10,000 for her accident. "But I'm not hurt," she said. "It doesn't matter," he dangled. "I can get you up to $10,000." "But nothing is wrong," she explained. He paused a moment, waiting for a spark of interest. It wasn't coming. Click.

On this day, the man wouldn't find someone willing to perpetrate fraud for some quick cash. Instead, he found the wife of the police chief in Hialeah, Fla., a hotbed for insurance fraud and the site of one of seven major medical fraud task forces recently established by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

"Some people think that in these economic times, 'Why shouldn't I get $10,000 if I can?'" says Hialeah Police Chief Mark Overton. "Criminals are appealing to greed and need. They think, 'Who does it hurt?' But it hurts us all."

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Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to combatting and preventing insurance crime through Intelligence, Analytics, and Operations; Education and Crime Prevention; and Strategy, Policy, and Advocacy. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $530 billion in insurance premiums in 2020, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($236 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit www.nicb.org.