Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Mexico Beach, Florida, United States October 26, 2018. 16 days after Hurricane Michael, Canal Park. Credit: Terry Kelly/Shutterstock.com David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB, said: “After most disasters, these shameful contractors use well-rehearsed, predatory practices to exploit stressed disaster victims when they are most vulnerable. As a result, survivors pay these bad actors who do little or no work.” (Credit: Terry Kelly/Shutterstock.com)

In 2021, property & casualty insurers paid an additional $4.6 billion-$9.2 billion in disaster claims as a result of fraud, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

The NICB estimates fraud adds 5%-10% to the overall amount in claims paid after a disaster. The FBI found similar results when looking at reconstruction costs following Hurricane Katrina: Of the $80 billion in government funding to aid rebuilding efforts, insurance fraud accounted for $6 billion, or about 7.5%.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free
PropertyCasualty360 Digital Reader.


  • All PropertyCasualty360.com news coverage, best practices, and in-depth analysis.
  • Educational webcasts, resources from industry leaders, and informative newsletters.
  • Other award-winning websites including BenefitsPRO.com and ThinkAdvisor.com.

Already have an account?

Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. He can be reached at [email protected].  

More from this author



Join PropertyCasualty360

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed decisions for your P&C insurance business. Join PropertyCasualty360.com now!

  • Unlimited access to PropertyCasualty360.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including BenefitsPRO.com, ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on PropertyCasualty360, National Underwriter, Claims and ALM events

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join PropertyCasualty360

Copyright © 2022 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.