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The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Investigative Assistance Group (IA Group) handles all incoming calls from law enforcement agencies. Requests typically include assistance in building a VIN (vehicle identification number), helping identify stolen or burned vehicles and searching for information on individuals and/or vehicles that may have been involved in major crimes.
The IA Group can help law enforcement by providing:
- Secondary VIN locations
- Build-ups of partial VINs
- Manufacturer information such as shipping and components and off-line suspect runs
We have access to information for cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, boats and heavy equipment, and some of our VIN data goes as far back as the 1920s. We have a mirror image of NCIC and can check the status of an NCIC entry and the purged files.
Any law enforcement officer can call us for help at 800.447.6282, ext. 7002. You will need to provide your name, ORI code and a call-back phone number. The IA Group is available from 7am to 7pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, and can also be reached via email at IA@nicb.org.
To learn more about NICB, visit www.NICB.org.
Here are the top fraud stories in the news today:
* Be Financially Prepared for Hurricane Season (Insurance Information Institute)
* Woman Accused of Falsely Reporting Stolen Vehicle (Cheektowaga Bee)
* Owner, auto tech charged with grand theft, insurance fraud (Lake County News)
* Florida doctor linked to U.S. senator pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud (Reuters)
* PennDOT contractor earned more than $1 million through alleged fraud (FOX 43)
* Dentist pleads guilty in $21M Medicaid fraud scheme (Westfair Online)
Hurricane Sandy has passed, but it will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come as one of the most devastating hurricanes in
history. Reports indicate that it has claimed the lives of 71 people in the U.S. and elsewhere. That number may climb as flood waters recede and clean up begins. Millions are still without power. Countless others have been
left homeless and displaced. Although efforts are already underway in some communities to restore roadways, bridges and infrastructures that were impacted, it may be several months or longer before some areas are able to fully recover. In the meantime, FEMA is providing emergency federal aid for areas affected by the disaster, and humanitarian agencies such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are also supporting Disaster Relief efforts.
Many of us across the nation and around the world have probably seen photos and videos of the trail of damage that Sandy left in its path up the Caribbean and along the Northeast corridor of the U.S. And while much attention and focus have been given to the strength of the storm, the true story of this disaster will be the strength and resilience of the people who will begin to rebuild their lives in the days ahead.
While no one can prevent a storm of this nature from occurring, we can help to protect
the public from unscrupulous scam artists who will follow in its wake. It may be unfathomable to think that someone would take advantage of others under such tragic circumstances, but sadly it can occur.
Losing your home, vehicle and other belongings in a hurricane, flood, earthquake, or tornado can be devastating. Although these losses may pose significant emotional distress and financial hardships for you, they present opportunities for dishonest contractors and others to take advantage for financial gain.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy or any other disaster, don’t be victimized twice. Learn how to protect yourself by following these helpful tips from the NICB.
The phones are ringing. People are talking in the hallways. Joe Wehrle, president and CEO, has just walked by to greet employees across the different departments as he customarily does. He knows everyone by name. It’s a typical morning here in the NICB office. As I read through some of the case activities and fraud alerts in our area newsletters, I see the impact that NICB and its partners are making in the ongoing battle to prevent and combat insurance fraud.
One of the groups that is instrumental in this fight is NICB’s Investigative Assistance (IA) team. The IA Group handles all the incoming calls from law enforcement, member companies, NICB field agents and the public.
Jennifer, a Senior Investigative Assistant at NICB, gives a behind the scenes look at the role she and this group plays.
Says Jennifer, “I love my job, and I’m very fortunate to be able to say that. An average day as an IA entails managing heavy call volume and research. Law enforcement callers from across the nation make up the majority of our calls. Requests typically encompass assistance in building a vehicle identification number, helping identify stolen or burned vehicles, searching for information on people alleged to have committed insurance fraud, and searches for vehicles or people that may have been involved in major crimes. Member Companies call to check if a vehicle reported as a theft has been entered or recovered by a law enforcement agency. We also aid our Special Agents with whatever information they need, especially when they are out on investigations as it is more efficient for us to conduct data searches than it is for them while out in the field.”
The IA group is an integral component of the overall five disciplines (Data Analytics, Investigations, Training, Legislative Advocacy, and Public Awareness) that comprise NICB, working collaboratively. We know that the criminals are working just as hard 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to devise new fraud schemes. But, just as we all pay the price for insurance fraud, we can all play a role in combating it. Speak Up! Visit us online at www.nicb.org, call us at 1-800-835-6422 or text keyword “Fraud” to TIP411 (847411).