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National Insurance Crime Bureau

NICB Creates COVID-19 Fraud Resource Center

DES PLAINES, Ill., March 25, 2020 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is continuing to monitor the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on consumers, our membership, law enforcement, and our strategic partners. As with all catastrophes, we often see an accompanying influx of insurance fraud cases. Therefore, we know it is essential to be there for you as you navigate through what is likely uncharted territory. That is why we created the NICB COVID-19 Resource Center. Here we will host the latest information concerning emerging fraud scams involving COVID-19 and keep you informed about what is happening in our states from an insurance fraud perspective.

“Catastrophes bring out the good in people. Unfortunately, they also bring out the bad actors that take advantage of the most vulnerable. With the help of our partners, our goal is to use our proven data analytics and investigative abilities to identify those bad actors and help bring them to justice. We should all be on the lookout for crooked physicians, attorneys, and patients attempting to commit insurance fraud by submitting false and exaggerated medical claims. We should also be aware of possible scams involving business interruption, online hackers looking to steal critical personal data, and other efforts to commit insurance fraud. We know these are just a few of the potential scams and we no doubt could see many more in the coming weeks and months,” said NICB President & CEO Joe Wehrle.

NICB remains vigilant and engaged with our law enforcement partners around the nation. We will continue to track potential fraud trends and update the resource center. 

Media Contact

If you have a question, want further information on the NICB, or to discuss insurance fraud or vehicle crime, please contact:

Frank Scafidi
Director of Public Affairs
916.207.0154
fscafidi@nicb.org

Brooke Kelley
Vice President of Communications
847.544.7085
bkelley@nicb.org

Or, if you are a reporter and have a request or question, please complete the Media Request Form.

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 preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by more than 1,400 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $525 billion in insurance premiums in 2019, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($241 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.