While no state is immune to the fraud pandemic, Florida has long battled some of the most pernicious schemes plaguing the insurance industry. So it comes as no surprise that a recent string of copycat scams in southern Florida highlight a growing national problem.

This emerging scheme takes full advantage of the distressing nature of auto accidents, whereby body shop repairmen pose as insurance adjusters. Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs investigators say these imposter adjusters are exacting a heavy toll on Floridians, citing several recent incidents.

One man accused of impersonating a claims adjuster is Vincenzo Gurrera, owner of Collision World in Boynton Beach, Fla. Authorities allege that Gurrera led auto accident victims to believe that he was an adjuster in order to generate more business for his body shop between August 2011 and April 2012.

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