Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – January 1, 2017

2017 and Insurance Fraud

May you all have a Happy and profitable New Year and may
all fraud perpetrators spend 2017 in prison.

In the last 49 years that I have been in the business of insurance I have learned the one thing that is a certainty: the quality of insurance fraud perpetrators is almost non-existent. That means that it is so easy to steal from insurance companies that amateurs with no skills are jumping into the business of defrauding insurers. If the insurance industry learns enough about insurance fraud and defeats the claims of the amateurs the professional fraud perpetrators will go away and work easier crimes. If not, they will continue to bleed the insurance industry. It has been my desire, for the last 20 years Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter has been published, to help in the effort to make insurance fraud more difficult for the perpetrators and reduce what fraud takes from the insurance industry.

Because more insurers are training their people to recognize insurance fraud in this issue you may be surprised to see cases where fraud failed and the perpetrator spent time in jail even though the number of convictions seem to be shrinking.

The Current Issue Contains the Following

  • The U.S. Government Claims Success in Anti-Fraud Fight
  • Illumeo Continuing Education
  • Anti-Steering Regulations Issued by the California Department of Insurance
  • New from Barry Zalma
    • “Insurance Law”
  • Fraud Conviction Affirmed
  • Barry Zalma Speaks at Your Request
  • Premium Diversion
  • E-Books from Barry Zalma
    • Insurance Fraud and Weapons to Defeat Fraud 
    • “Getting the Whole Truth”
    • “Random Thoughts on Insurance – Vol. IV”
  • Uberrimae Fidei – Utmost Good Faith
  • The Zalma Insurance Claims Library
  • Wisdom
  • Barry Zalma
  • Good News From the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
  • Coalition’s Hall of Shame
  • Health Insurance Fraud Convictions
  • Other Insurance Fraud Convictions
  • Zalma Insurance Consultants Provides the Following Services to its Clients
  • The Fraud Interview
  • Books from the American Bar Association
    • The Insurance Fraud Deskbook
    • Diminution in Value Damages
  • Interviewing
  • Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter
  • The Legend.
  • Ineffective Fraud Fight by U.S.
  • Legal Disclaimer

Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter


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I have completed a video blog called Zalma’s Insurance 101 that consist of 1022 three to four minute videos starting with “What is Insurance” and moving forward to insurance fraud investigations explaining the basics of insurance and insurance claims handling in a painless fashion that can be viewed every morning with the first cup of coffee at  Zalma’s Insurance 101.
The videoblog is adapted from my book, Insurance Claims: A Comprehensive Guide available at the Zalma Insurance Claims Library.

Some of the 1,022 videos follow: If you start at Volume 1 at the bottom of the blog’s first page and view one or two videos a day you will have approximately 12 to 24 hours of training a year until you get to the last video.


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About Barry Zalma

An insurance coverage and claims handling author, consultant and expert witness with more than 48 years of practical and court room experience.
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