Insurance fraud is a billion dollar industry that includes not only
automobile damage but medical and property claims as well. Douglas
Shiring, director of GEICO’s special investigative unit, said, “The best
way to avoid getting caught up in an auto insurance scam is to know how
to protect yourself as best you can.”
According to The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the most common
staged accidents include the Swoop and Squat, Side Swipe, Panic Stop and
the Drive Down. The common themes in all of the scenarios are multiple
vehicles and multiple people claiming injuries in the vehicle or outside
assisting in the scheme.
Here’s how to protect yourself from some of those scenarios:
Do not tailgate – Criminals will brake unexpectedly in front of
tailgaters to intentionally cause an accident. Look out for vehicles
that brake suddenly for no apparent reason.
Call the police to the scene – Beware of anyone who is anxious
to leave quickly before police arrive.
Take photos – Take photos of the vehicles involved and the
Document – Record names, addresses, license plate
numbers, witness information, and any other facts you think might be
Count – record the number of occupants in each involved
Personal injury claim – Be cautious of physicians who insist
you file a personal injury claim after an accident, especially if you
are not hurt.
Unsolicited tows – Be wary of tow trucks that arrive on the
scene without anyone having called service. GEICO has a local tow
provider list so we can assist.
If you suspect fraud, notify police or GEICO 1-800-824-5404 ext.
Additional information on insurance fraud is available on GEICO.com,
More and NICB.org.
(Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire
Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger
auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in
1936, provides millions of auto
insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to
serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more
than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
Using GEICO’s online
service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy
changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can
also connect to GEICO through GEICO
Mobile, reach a representative over
the phone or visit a GEICO
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles,
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes
(RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by
non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO
Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella
protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.
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