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Fraudulent weather-related claims to increase. The National Insurance Crime Bureau finds that approximately 10% of insurance claims are fraudulent. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Insurance fraud is not the first factor we consider when a weather-related event occurs. We worry about the lives lost, damaged homes, ruined businesses, uprooted families and destroyed towns. It is only after weather-related events pass that insurance fraud becomes an unwelcome intruder.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a North American non-profit membership organization created by the insurance industry to address insurance-related crime, approximately 10% of insurance claims are fraudulent. This leads us to predict as weather-related events increase both in frequency and size, fraudulent insurance claims will also rise.

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