Insurance Bureau of Canada is teaming up with the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers to provide consumers with another avenue to submit their tips about suspected insurance fraud and vehicle theft. IBC and Crime Stoppers will work together so that anonymous tips to the organization will be sent to police and to IBC’s Investigative Services department, as a means of striking a further blow at those who abuse the insurance system at the expense of all policyholders.
This is another step in IBC’s efforts to fight insurance fraud in Ontario. In its last status update, the Ontario government’s Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force noted a study conducted by KPMG that estimated insurance fraud in Ontario is upwards of $1.6 billion.
IBC VP of Investigative Services Rick Dubin says, “Auto insurance fraud in Ontario is a huge problem. We urge people who suspect fraud to report the crime. When they cheat, we all pay.”
He adds, “At IBC, we are committed to fighting fraud on all fronts. We work with law enforcement, insurance companies, and government to investigate the criminals and to raise awareness of the problem. We are delighted to add Crime Stoppers to the list of partners.”
David Forster, president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers, says, “IBC is at the forefront of the fight against insurance fraud. We are pleased to work with them.” He adds, “Anyone who may have information on fraud should remember that Crime Stoppers guarantees anonymity and you don’t have to appear in court as a witness. We also offer a reward for information that solves a crime which has proven to be effective.”
Crime Stoppers continues to be an effective tool for citizens to report crime. The long established hotline number, 1-800-222-TIPS, is well known and universal in all of North America. Crime Stoppers can also take secure and anonymous tips online at www.tipsubmit.com.
Dubin goes on to say, “We are hopeful that with Crime Stoppers, we assist in streamlining the crime reporting process and we need to get people to make the call. In addition to Crime Stoppers, don’t forget you can still report suspected insurance fraud to ibc.ca or call IBC’s anonymous TIPS line (1-877-IBC TIPS).”
For more fraud prevention tips, visit the IBC’s website at ibc.ca, blog at getintheknow.ibc.ca or follow them on Twitter, @insurancebureau.