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Automobile Insurance Fraud/Organized Automobile Insurance Fraud Interdiction Unit FAQs

What is Fraud?

What are some examples of lies that would fall under this type of fraud?

Is this serious?

What should I do if someone asks me to lie about being in a collision or the extent of my injures?

What should I do if I am injured in a collision and my medical provider bills the insurance company for treatment or services I did not receive?




What is Fraud? [TOP]

Fraud is lying about something in order to receive a benefit that you are not eligible to receive.

What are some examples of lies that would fall under this type of fraud? [TOP]

Some examples might be:

  • lying about who was the driver of the vehicle,
  • Who was in the car,
  • Getting an insurance policy after the vehicle was damaged and claiming the damage occurred after the coverage started
  • Claiming that equipment such as tire rims, stereos, etc. were stolen from a vehicle  or damaged when they were not on the vehicle or not stolen or not damaged
  • Staging an accident
  • Arranging the theft or arson of your vehicle
  • Claiming that you were injured in an vehicle accident when you were not
  • Failing to disclose prior injuries during medical examinations or treatment or lying about the extent of your injuries

Is this serious? [TOP]

It is very serious. You could be arrested, charged with a felony and tried in a criminal court. If convicted you could be sentenced to prison or county jail and be required to repay all the money and for services that you received but were not entitled to.

What should I do if someone asks me to lie about being in a collision or the extent of my injures? [TOP]

Report it by contacting the number below or sending an e mail to autofraud@sbcda.org

What should I do if I am injured in a collision and my medical provider bills the insurance company for treatment or services I did not receive? [TOP]

Report it by contacting the number below or sending an e mail to autofraud@sbcda.org

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