There Are Eight Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen

Identity theft appears straightforward, right? But no– there are at least 8 types of identity theft to which we are all susceptible. Thankfully, being aware is half the battle. Here’s how to (1) be aware of and avoid identity theft and (2) recover in the case of a stolen identity.

New Consumer Protection Law Cracks Down on Scammers Targeting Seniors

As parents age, and the circle comes complete, the children become the caregivers. The last thing you want to worry about, as you work to provide comfort and peace of mind for your loved ones or yourself, is untrustworthy persons taking advantage. At the AME Church (the first African-American church in LA), unsuspecting senior community […]

How To Avoid a Staged Car Accident

That breathless moment in the second before an automobile collision and the screeching crunch of metal on metal following are not easily forgotten; it is even worse when the other vehicle involved purposely manipulated the accident for monetary gain. As unimaginable as it may be, thousands of insurance claims filed are for fraudulent, staged crashes […]

Scammers Targeting Homebuyers & Owners Facing Foreclosure

Each year, thousands of consumers see their dreams of owning a home slip away due to scams. Whether you’re purchasing a house or attempting to avoid foreclosure, these scammers can target anyone at any stage of buying or owning a home. There are several red flags to indicate potential scams such as:

Auto Insurance Fraud On the Rise in California

Think you’re safe from being a victim of a fraud scheme? Well, think again. Fraudulent dealings are becoming increasingly more common, especially in California. Anybody can become a victim. Insurance fraud schemes are becoming a popular sport for criminals. Auto insurance fraud claims have risen dramatically in the last few years, up to 11-15% of […]

Worker’s Comp, Opioid Abuse and Small Businesses

You may have heard this following fact and assumed that it was a lie: More than half of drug overdose deaths involve prescription drugs, and opioid-related deaths now exceed deaths involving heroin or cocaine—combined. It’s not a lie. It’s a fact from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, and they say […]

California’s Latest Auto Fraud Trend: Rental Car Schemes

If you thought that people causing fake accidents for the insurance money was the biggest fraud happening in California right now, you’d be wrong. There’s a new game in town and, according to Kraig Palmer, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), rental car schemes are the fastest growing auto fraud trend. Palmer reported […]

Staged Car Crashes Target Innocent Southern California Drivers

Being in an auto accident isn’t ever a good thing. Not only does it ruin a perfectly good day (or even a not-so-great one), there’s the insurance to deal with, getting your car repaired, and the real big one—possible injury. Yet there are unsavory characters out there who try to get in car accidents. To […]

Riverside’s Silver Fire Victims Targeted by Scams

Having your home or business destroyed in a fire is a devastating experience. And what’s worse is that some unscrupulous people out there are happy to profit off other people’s misery. It’s hard to believe, but there are a number of individuals that prey on victims of natural disasters. And sadly, it can be easy […]

Why Is Insurance Fraud Increasing?

Did you know that insurance companies paid out over $13 BILLION in auto fraud insurance claims—just in 2011? And if you’re wondering why your premiums go up, this is part of the problem. And the forecast doesn’t look like we’re in for smooth sailing in the future either: The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports […]