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By being aware of common car insurance fraud you can prevent it from happening to you. The last thing you need is a false claim raising your insurance premiums and with fraudsters being incredibly bold it makes perfect sense to arm yourself with inside knowledge of how fraudsters make victims out of unsuspecting motorists. Be prepared and learn how you can avoid being the victim of the 3 most common types of auto insurance fraud.
Let’s examine three scenarios of auto insurance fraud
Canadians are not currently aware of the many ways that they can become a victim of insurance fraud. Worst case scenario is that you or your loved ones could be hurt during one of these fraud set ups. It can also result in huge increases in your insurance premiums; do to no fault of your own.
Here is a video describing the 3 most common forms of insurance fraud. This video was made by Our Insurance Canada but applies to all motorists…
The 3 most frequent auto insurance fraud scenarios so you can recognize and avoid them:
- Swoop and squat: Set up by two drivers that pull in front of you, the first one slows down and you hit a second fraudster’s car after a sudden break, while driving on the road or highway.
- Drive Down: You want to back out of a parking spot and you get a flash of head lights telling you that it is okay to back up then your vehicle is hit by a fraudster’s car while driving out from your parking spot.
- Left Turn: Your vehicle is hit by a fraudster when making a left turn after they have flashed their lights in order to indicate that it is alright to turn in front of them.
In all of these scenarios the victim is at fault and the victim’s insurance pays the claim. In both of the last examples you are clearly given the headlight flash to “go for it” and that is their chance to cause an accident. This is a good reason to always allow the other person to go ahead of you. A small restraint and show of patience can go a long way when it comes to fraudsters that are looking to create an organized insurance fraud accident.
Additional ways to increase victim’s insurance payments
The previous scenarios will result in an insurance claim, but it gets worst, there are several ways to increase the payout by $2,424 to $29,800 depending on the technique applied by the fraudster.
- Repair costs: Further damaging the car in the workshop to inflate the repair costs.
- Rehab costs: Apply for medical rehab treatment for all passengers in fraudster car that can include up to 4 people.
- Income Benefits: Income replacement benefits for all of the people in the fraudster’s car.
All these costs will probably be paid for by your insurance. It can also result in increases of to your car insurance premiums. So beware of insurance fraud and help prevent it!
If your insurance costs do go up here is one way to lower them – http://www.modestmoney.com/save-money-by-combining-home-auto-insurance/
How To Report It
If you think you have witnessed any of these you can report it at the following sites…
- US – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/insurance-fraud
- Canada – http://www.ibc.ca/
- UK – https://www.insurancefraudbureau.org/
Author Bio: Jon Haver writes at ourinsurancecanada.com where he simplifies the often confusing insurance industry. Since he became a recent parent he has a passion for making sure people have the right coverage and are not just sold whatever is presented to them.