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Insurance fraud is bigger than ever, and scammers are coming up with new wrinkles all the time. As the guys on the front lines, insurance agents are in a unique position to spot insurance fraud as it’s happening and play a powerful role in stopping it before it starts.

Conservative guesses put the cost of fraud across all lines at $80 billion a year, said Jim Quiggle of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (CAIF). The Aite Group estimates it at about $70 billion for property-casualty fraud alone, with 10 percent of every claims dollar goes to fraud.

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