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Genetic testing fraud alert

You should know about the latest fraud scheme involving genetic testing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Scammers are offering “free” genetic tests and claiming...

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How 5 Amateur Arsonists Screwed-up

Bedeviled by sagging bank accounts and burdensome mortgages, some cash-strapped building owners try to burn their way out of debt. Lighting up spilled gasoline or interior gas lines seems like an easy gambit. One flick...

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Hackers Filed Your Taxes Early

Your income taxes were filed early electronically by hackers looking to steal your tax refund. Can't happen to you? It happened to a close friend of mine, an Idaho resident, who received the IRS 5071C letter informing...

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Insurance Fraud Acceptance Drops

Over the last 10 years the public acceptance of insurance fraud behavior has decreased from 33 percent in 2002 to 24 percent in 2012 according to the Insurance Research Council (IRC). Still that is nearly 1 in 4...

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86% Rise In Jewelry Questionable Claims

There was a sharp 26.7% overall rise in "questionable claims" (QC) in 2012 reported to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). QCs went from 91,797 in 2010 to 116,268 in 2012-a new record. In 2011, the total was 100,...

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Top Ten Senior Scams

If you are a senior or if have seniors in your life, please pass along this information. Every U.S. citizen older than 65 qualifies for Medicare, making Medicare/health insurance fraud one of the most common scams...

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Beware of Flood Damaged Vehicles

Widespread flooding this fall in the eastern US has created a pool of more than 15,000 vehicles damaged by flood waters. The National Insurance Crime Bureau is warning consumers to beware of undisclosed flood damaged...

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Was Your Accident “Staged”?

Organized Scams Defraud Consumers and Insurers Alike, Costing Billions of Dollars Annually If you have been involved in an auto accident that just didn't feel right, it might not have been an accident at all. More and...

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Feds Charge 16 in PA Identity Theft Scheme

Ever wonder who and how your identity can get stolen? Read this from Insurance Journal.

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Identity Theft #1 FTC Complaint in 2010

Identity theft was the number one complaint category in 2010 according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Between January and December 2010, the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) received more than 1.3 million...

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Beware of Latest Repair Scams

Each year consumers pay more for their auto and homeowners insurance policies as a direct result of fraud. The National Insurance Crime Bureau has heard all the stories-unnecessary auto glass repairs, aggressive and...

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Auto Claims Fraud by Medical Providers Rampant

Higher auto insurance rates for New Yorkers is blamed on rampant fraud by unscrupulous medical providers. Health care costs for automobile accident victims in New York increased 42 percent faster than overall medical...

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Claims & Fraud Up - Says New Survey

During an economic downturn people are more likely to commit insurance fraud than they are in normal times. That was the opinion of more than three quarters (76%) of consumers in a survey released by Accenture, a global...

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