The numbers, the data, the tactics.
They’re all on the table.
“We are seeing more and more of these things being perpetrated,” said Richard Bercovici, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an industry group.
The new data is providing new insights into the kinds of scams being carried out.
For instance, insurers are becoming more vigilant as they try to determine if they are vulnerable to fraud, Bercicski said.
The Insurance Institute has published its 2017 list of the most common scams, which includes one for a pyramid scheme.
For every scheme on the list, the average payout is $1,927.
In some cases, it’s over $1 million.
“You get more and the fraudsters will take advantage of you,” Bercicki said in an interview.
“The more we get more information about what is being perpetrated, the more effective we can be at stopping it.”
For instance: A fraudster recently targeted an insurance company in Manitoba, Canada, with a phony letter claiming that an insurance agent had a heart condition and needed treatment.
The agent was asked to deliver the fake letter to the insurance company’s headquarters in Winnipeg.
The fraudster made the agent sign a form saying he had no intention of paying the $400 for a heart check, Berts said.
But the fraudster’s fraudsters then contacted the agent to get a better offer.
The scammer then threatened the agent that if he did not sign the fraudulent letter, he would pay him $5,000 to make up the difference.
“It’s an extortion attempt,” Bert said.
“I think the insurance industry has a responsibility to be vigilant.
They’ve got to be looking out for themselves.”
Insurance companies need to keep in mind that the fraud isn’t necessarily against the law, said Michael Tappert, a lawyer who specializes in consumer protection.
“If someone is telling you that you can pay $5K for a check, you should be suspicious,” Tappartt said.
He said the scamsters are trying to get the money out of the victim’s account, and that’s a criminal act.
In a typical scam, the scammer claims that the agent has a heart attack, that he is suffering from a medical condition, and he needs a heart bypass.
If the fraudmer does get the heart check he will then tell the victim he can use the money to pay for a health care plan and other things.
“This is not a health plan,” Tapps said.
When asked about the scam, Bernicki said: “We don’t know what the scam is, but it’s certainly a scam.”
The Insurance Association of Canada has issued guidelines on how to detect and combat scams.
The most important thing is that the individual is a legitimate insurance agent.
The industry also needs to keep up with the ever-changing threats to its members and its financial operations, Bohn said.
It also needs a strong financial planning and risk management program to stay ahead of the curve.
The Association of Insurance Professionals of Canada (AIPOC) has also issued a report on the most-common scams in 2017.
“What we see in 2017 is a significant increase in the number of scams and they are all about the same things,” AIPOC chief executive officer David Stuckart said in a news release.
“Scammers are trying all sorts of things to get people to sign false documents to take money out.”
In some areas, people can be targeted by scammer after scammer, Stuckert said in the release.
The group also has some tips on what to do if you think you might be a victim.
To identify a scammer: Watch out for the following signs of a scam: When an insurance representative asks you for a written agreement, ask the agent not to sign it.