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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB; Des Plaines, Ill.) has created the NICB COVID-19 Resource Center. The organization will use the site to host the latest information concerning emerging fraud scams involving COVID-19 and keep its membership, consumers, law enforcement and strategic partners informed about what is happening in states from an insurance fraud perspective.
“Catastrophes bring out the good in people,” comments Joe Wehrle, President & CEO, NICB. “Unfortunately, they also bring out the bad actors that take advantage of the most vulnerable. With the help of our partners, our goal is to use our proven data analytics and investigative abilities to identify those bad actors and help bring them to justice. We should all be on the lookout for crooked physicians, attorneys, and patients attempting to commit insurance fraud by submitting false and exaggerated medical claims.”
Wehrle also counsels the insurance industry and public to be aware of possible scams involving business interruption, online hackers looking to steal critical personal data, and other efforts to commit insurance fraud. “We know these are just a few of the potential scams and we no doubt could see many more in the coming weeks and months,” he adds.
In its announcement of the launch of the new Resource Center, NICB assured readers that the organization remains vigilant and engaged with its law enforcement partners across the United States. The organization says it will continue to track potential fraud trends and update the resource center. The NICB invites anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on its website.