NICB Takes a Look at Post Disaster Contractor Fraud with AARP Fraud Watch Network
DES PLAINES, Ill., June 15, 2021 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the insurance industry’s association dedicated to predicting, preventing, and prosecuting insurance crime, is excited to bring to the public its latest podcast episode discussing natural disasters and contractor fraud.
“Something we follow very closely are natural disasters and the unfortunate consequences of them,” said David Glawe, president, and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. “Too often our field agents see people swarming to disaster areas that are either dishonest contractors or people passing themselves off as contractors. Typically, these scammers go door-to-door. While it may seem convenient that someone has offered you their services, do your homework. Check their contractor's license and references and always contact your insurer before signing any contract for repairs.”
The NICB Crime Examiner podcast focuses on insurance crime issues impacting the public, and how to stay ahead of the curve. In its newly released episode, An Inside Look at Contractor Fraud, host Ashleigh Faulhaber with the NICB interviews Amy Nofziger, Director of Victim Support for the AARP Fraud Watch Network.
“It is critical to let people know of the deceitful contractors attempting to take advantage of victims following a disaster,” said Nofziger. “And it’s something that impacts not only AARP members, but it can happen to anybody during rebuilding. Repairing damage following a natural catastrophe is challenging enough and is made even more difficult filtering the bad actors from the good.”
The NICB Crime Examiner was recognized by Welp Magazine as one of the ’20 Best General Insurance Podcasts of 2021.’ The podcast can be found on the NICB website, and users can subscribe on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever they like to listen. Future episodes will focus on all types of insurance crime issues ranging from staged auto accidents, auto theft, insurance fraud, and cybercrime.