In its latest ForeCAST analysis, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reported a significant swell in both hail loss claims and hail loss questionable claims (QCs).

When NICB examined data ranging from Jan. 1, 2006 to March 31, 2010, the organization found that the number of hail loss claims filed with insurers increased by 61 percent — from 256,000 in 2006 to more than 413,000 in 2009. At the same time, the number of claims referred to NICB for suspected fraud rose by 136 percent (from 301 reported in 2006 to 711 in 2009).

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