OPP Launches Fraud Prevention Month with Preventing Auto Insurance Fraud
ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Every vehicle owner is seeking lower
auto insurance premiums and scammers know this. To kick off March as Fraud Prevention Month, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch remind you, "if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is."
Fraudsters have been offering low automobile insurance premiums in
newspaper and online ads, and at trade shows often impersonating
legitimate, reputable vehicle insurance brokers. Their various 'offers'
guarantee saving you hundreds of dollars in premiums. They may tell you
that the lower rates are for a limited time only and that you need act
After seeing pledges of "low rates" and "everyone is accepted", victims
have sent premium payments to these phoney vendors through Western
Union or Money Gram. A bogus insurance slip is then mailed or e-mailed
for home or office printing and for placement in your vehicle. Victims
don't realize they have no insurance coverage until they are involved
in a collision or are stopped by police.
In 2012, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) - of which OPP is a
partner -- received 7,394 Canadian complaints of service scams including auto insurance fraud. The 2,736 people who were identified as
victims lost a total of just over $2.1 million.
If you are about to purchase auto insurance, you can protect yourself by
verifying legitimate vendors through two reputable sources:
If you suspect you have purchased phoney auto insurance -- or think you
or someone you know has been a victim of any type of fraud, contact your local police, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
FRAUD…Recognize it…Report it…Stop it.
"Fraudsters target anyone and everyone they can - including the most
vulnerable people in society. The financial impact of fraudulent
activities is staggering and continues to grow. The best defence
against the many types of fraud is widespread public education and
- Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime
"To stop the harmful effects of fraud on so many aspects of our lives,
it needs to be reported to police. If fraud is not identified and
reported for investigation, it will continue in one form or another to
fuel other illegal activities, which leads to further victimization."
- Detective Inspector Paul Beesley, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch
OPP - March is Fraud Prevention Month
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre - Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre - Service Scams
Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario
Financial Services Commission of Ontario
MEDIA NOTE: This is the first of five weekly OPP media releases on various criminal
activities as part of Fraud Prevention Month 2013.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: Detective Constable Ted Schendera
OPP Anti-Rackets Branch