Avoiding post-Isaias scams: Red flags to watch while coastal towns rebuild

By Kendall McGee | August 11, 2020 at 4:59 PM EDT - Updated August 11 at 8:11 PM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Americans lose $40 billion a year to insurance fraud, according to the FBI. Even if you don’t have any run-ins with your insurance company, rates go up $400 to $700 a year due to insurance fraud.

As homeowners across Brunswick County’s beach towns recover from hurricane Isaias, many are in danger of falling victim to fraud.

Kenneth Pedigo with the National Insurance Crime Bureau says the agency is working hard to protect people from unsavory contractors, but believes its important to make sure people in the community know what to look for before they’re taken advantage of in the first place.

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