Given these continued hard times for Americans, insurers might want to be extra vigilant when scrutinizing customer's claims. New data issued today from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in its report on questionable claims (QC) during the first half 2010, found that QCs have skyrocketed in the past two years. The report examines six referral reason categories of claims—property, casualty, commercial, workers’ compensation, vehicle and miscellaneous.

Overall, NICB reports that there was a 14% increase in QCs in four of the six categories in 2010 when compared to the first half of 2009. These are claims that NICB member insurance companies refer to NICB for closer review and investigation based on one or more indicators of possible fraud. A single claim may contain up to seven referral reasons.

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