Hurricane Matthew Could Bring a Storm of Fraudsters

As Hurricane Matthew begins to approach Florida and the southeastern part of the United States damage and significant flooding is expected. The National Insurance Crime Bureau is warning residents of these areas to be on alert for contractor scams after the storm passes.

Becoming a victim of a natural disaster may be impossible to avoid. You can, however, avoid being victimized by dishonest contractors often found lurking in their wake.

After a natural disaster, salespeople go door to door in damaged neighborhoods, offering cleanup or repair services. While many of these businesses are honest and reputable, others are not. The dishonest ones may pocket the payment without completing the job or use inferior materials and perform shoddy work not up to code.

The NICB recommends these tips before you act on a contractor’s offer for services.

  • Work with only licensed and insured contractors.
  • Get more than one estimate. Don’t be pushed into signing a contract right away.
  • Get everything in writing.
  • Require references, and check them out.
  • Never sign a contract with blanks. Fraudulent contractors may enter unacceptable terms later.
  • Never pay in full.

For more tips you can download our disaster fraud brochure here.

Buying a Used Car? Don’t Get Tricked into Purchasing a Flooded Car

Last month thousands of cars were stranded, stalled and submerged after torrential rain hit the Houston area. NICB recommends you check a vehicle’s history before purchasing a used car.
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Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 29, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Texas Storms Leave Thousands of Vehicles Flooded (NICB)

* Big brother is watching: It’s good for you and bad for the bad guys (Chicago Tribune)

* Car insurance: Car insurance policies (CNN Money)

* Here’s A List Of The Most Stolen Chevrolet Camaros Of All Time (GM Authority)

* Top Ten Truisms For Motorcyclists (Yahoo Autos)

* Lt. Governor Taylor Announces Insurance Fraud Sentencing  (ODI)

* Fake Social Security Card Used in Insurance Fraud Scam (Command Investigations)