Types of First Party Property Fraud
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Every first-party property adjuster will face in his or her career attempts to defraud the insurer for whom the adjuster works. It is necessary that the adjuster is aware of each type of property insurance fraud he or she may encounter. Some, but surely not all, fraud types follow:
Arson for Profit
Arson is the intentional burning of property. It no longer is limited to specific types of property. Although perhaps the most dangerous of all methods of insurance fraud, people continue to attempt insurance fraud by burning their homes, vehicles, and business structures.
The Staged Theft
The staged or fake residential theft where the insured reports the theft of property from a residence or business when none actually occurred. In U.S. v. Tam, 240 F.3d 797, 2001 Daily Journal D.A.R. 885, three defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to transport stolen cars in foreign commerce, mail fraud, and transporting stolen cars in foreign commerce, and two of them were also convicted of conspiracy to launder money, following a jury trial. The appellate court concluded evidence was sufficient to support one defendant’s convictions.
Staged Water Damage or Mold Claim
Where the insured intentionally promotes damage by wetting down the residence or business property with a hose or disconnecting a plumbing fixture to generate water damage and encourage mold growth.
A staged loss, regardless of the type, is fraud. Even if no claim is filed an insured can be accused of attempted fraud and face criminal penalties. For example, in a New York case, a man gave his car keys to a third party who was to sell or otherwise dispose of the car. The insured was told by the third party to file a fraudulent claim against his own policy and claim that the car was stolen. After reporting the theft, the insured became frightened and did not move forward with the claim.
Post-Dating a Loss
This fraud technique involves a loss at a time when an individual has no insurance or inadequate insurance.
Following the loss, the individual applies for insurance, or increases the limits of existing coverage, so he or she has sufficient insurance to cover the loss. After a period of time (usually several weeks), a fraudulent claim is submitted for a loss reported to have happened after the new policy came into effect.
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