Heavy Equipment ID Training at World AG Expo

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On February 11, 2019, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), in cooperation with the International Agri-Center, conducted a law enforcement heavy equipment identification training day at the 52nd Annual World AG Expo in Tulare, CA. 

NICB Special Agent Neil Carmody discussing heavy equipment theft statistics

This annual training affords law enforcement professionals the opportunity to interact with representatives from the heavy equipment industry and inspect their equipment for identification serial numbers.  This training helps law enforcement to identify stolen equipment and their related components. 

John Deere’s Bryan Thul discussing John Deere PIN plates

This year’s key note presenter was Mr. Bryan Thul of the John Deere Company, who addressed approximately 60 law enforcement officers from throughout California. 

A group shot during Mr. Thul’s presentation

Representatives from Bobcat and Kubota were also on hand to interact with attendees.  This year’s training was hosted by NICB Special Agent Neil Carmody and assisted by Special Agents Lou Koven and Gabe Marquez.

Southwest Region Holds Seventh Auto Theft Investigation Course of 2018

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NICB’s Southwest Region completed the last (in a series of seven) auto theft investigation course at the South Padre Island Convention Center in Texas this week. This last three day course ran from November 27th to 29th, and was sponsored by the NICB, the South Padre Island Police Department, and the Brownsville Police Department.

The class, attended by nearly 100 law enforcement and SIU individuals, was instructed by NICB and law enforcement personnel with vehicle theft expertise. NICB instructors included Southwest Region agents SSA John Mitchell and SA Israel Pacheco. Other speakers came from the Texas DMV, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the State Fire Marshall, Texas Department of Insurance, Travelers Insurance, DPS, and the McAllen and Brownsville police departments.

This past year, the basic auto theft investigation course has been delivered in Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and San Antonio, El Paso and Grand Prairie, Texas.

In total, over 400 law enforcement and SIU personnel have attended this series of courses during 2018.

Vehicle Finance Fraud Conference Registration is Open!

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau and Ally Financial are hosting the 2016 Vehicle Finance Fraud Conference to provide current trends and information in the field of investigating financial vehicle fraud.

  • When: Tuesday, May 3 to Wednesday, May 4, 2016
  • Where: Medinah Shriners, 550 N. Shriners Drive, Addison, IL 60101 (Chicagoland suburbs)
  • Fee: Free for NICB Members and members of Law Enforcement. $100 for nonmembers.

Reservation deadline is April 18, 2016. Click here for registration and additional information.

Questions? Contact Ivan Blackman, NICB Director of Vehicle Operations, at iblackman@nicb.org.

To learn more about NICB, visit www.NICB.org.

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“Oops!…I Did It Again!”

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britney-spears-oops-i-did-it-again-fanmadeNo, Britney Spears’ mega-hit from 2000 wasn’t about slip-and-fall insurance schemes, but it could have been!

Why? Because if a fraudster is successful in getting one or two of these types of claims paid, he or she typically won’t stop there. Criminals tend to stick with what works – and if something works, they do it over and over and over. Slip-and-fall rings can be found almost everywhere across the nation, with participants going from location to location to stage falls – “accidents” that are often “witnessed” by another member of the group, who is always more than eager to support the claimant’s version of events.

If your company is a member of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, our FraudSmart “Slip and Fall Claims” course can help your staff become better prepared to review, analyze and handle these claims. Participants will learn the five common indicators of questionable slip-and-fall claims and list the important elements that need to be documented and authenticated to determine the validity of the claim.

There is no additional cost to NICB members for this class. To schedule this or any other FraudSmart class at your company, log into the NICB Website at www.NICB.org with your username and password, select Training, then FraudSmart and contact the training director assigned to your state.

To learn more about NICB, visit www.NICB.org.

When I grow up I want to fight insurance fraud!

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Or be a cowboy. Or a princess.

oopsy-daisy-when-i-grow-up-boys-2OK, while the cowboy and/or princess thing probably hasn’t happened for most of us, quite a few of us are engaged in the fight against insurance fraud. Some of us work in law enforcement, some at insurance companies, some for NICB and more.

If your company is a member of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), you have a wealth of fraud-fighting resources available to you. Why not take advantage of everything NICB has to offer?

  • NICB FraudSmart Training addresses the needs of insurance professionals from “newbies” to seasoned special investigators. We bring this classroom training right to you, so your staff doesn’t need to be away from the office and you don’t incur travel expenses. To schedule a FraudSmart class at your company, log into the NICB Website at www.NICB.org with your username and password, select Training, then FraudSmart and contact the training director assigned to your state.
  • All NICB members may purchase a NICTA (National Insurance Crime Training Academy) license that covers all of your employees for as many courses as they’d like to take. NICTA is available online 24/7 and has many courses available to help you and your staff fight insurance fraud as well as fulfill continuing education requirements. We encourage you to browse our full course list.
  • The NICB Document Download Center contains many training and job aids for member companies. Just follow the directions to log in or set up your nicbdocs.org account. (Note: Downloaded material must not be distributed or used outside of NICB member companies.)

To learn more about NICB, visit www.NICB.org.

 

Excruciating pain and $50K in medical bills? From a minor fender-bender?

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Low impact and minor impact soft tissue injuries are not uncommon in auto accidents, and they certainly can be legitimate. They also can be the result of a staged accident, or the outcome of a legitimate accident that gives someone the opportunity to take advantage of a liability situation.

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If your company is a member of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, our FraudSmart “Managing LIST and MIST Claims – ‘Would I Lie to You?’” course can help your staff become better prepared to review, analyze and handle these claims. Participants will learn the six indicators of LIST (low impact soft tissue) and MIST (minor impact soft tissue) claims, determine what eight action steps should be taken to further investigate the claim, and understand the key indicators that can point to fraud.

There is no additional cost to NICB members for this class. To schedule a FraudSmart class at your company, log into the NICB Website at www.NICB.org with your username and password, select Training, then FraudSmart and contact the training director assigned to your state.

To learn more about NICB, visit www.NICB.org.