In a joint effort to increase public awareness about insurance fraud, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Palos Hill, Ill., and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU), Malvern, Pa., have launched as a Web site,, to educate Americans about the $30 billion annual property/casualty fraud problem. The consumer-oriented site features educational and interactive pages that provide an overview of insurance fraud scams in the United States, including information on fraud's cost to consumers, a "name that fraud" glossary, prevention tips, links to related Web sites and details on how the insurance industry fights back.

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