NICB Says Insurance Fraud Scams Not Uncommon

June 20, 2001

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) notes that the most common insurance fraud schemes include anyone from organized criminals, corrupt doctors, lawyers and body shop operators to residents who pad claims.

The NICB report reveals that insurance fraud hits Americans in the wallets for nearly $30 billion each year, a fraud of $200 to $300 in larger premiums for the average household.

The most common insurance fraud scams include bodily injury fraud, auto repair fraud, homeowners claim fraud and workers’ compensation fraud.

Robert M. Bryant, president of the NICB, stated that some insurance crimes are well-planned including organized fraud rings, which can involve doctors and lawyers, along with auto repair shop operators, while other crimes are easy attempts by neighbors to earn a little extra income.

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