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Citing data that demonstrates notable increases in suspicious car fires, slip-and-falls, and hail-damage claims, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is supporting the notion that a poor economy is causing an increase in fraudulent insurance claims.

According to the NICB, the report “clearly shows an increase in the number of questionable claims related to possible cases of insurance fraud during the past year as the economy continued its downward spiral.” The assertion was derived when the NICB analyzed questionable claims submitted by the more than 1,000 of its member companies. When the results of the first quarter of 2009 were compared to the first quarter of 2008, an increase in opportunistic fraud appeared.

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