How fraud affects you

SPONSORED • Published: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 10:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 10:55 a.m. CDT

According to the Insurance Research Council,, 24 percent of Americans view claim padding behavior as acceptable, and 10 percent of Americans believe insurance fraud doesn't hurt anyone.

However, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud,, estimates that fraud may cost insurance consumers $29 billion a year. Why should that matter to you? Because customers end up absorbing a lot of the cost, which may amount to about 14 percent of your personal car insurance premium.

Here are some of the most common types of car insurance fraud to look out for:

•    Injury fraud – either through staged car accidents or fraudulent claims leading to payments for unnecessary medical treatment or treatment not actually received 

•    Exaggerated claims damages – used to cover the deductible 

•    Conspiracy with medical providers and attorneys – receiving unnecessary medical treatment or getting payments for treatment not actually received 

•    False registration or documentation – registering a vehicle in a place where premiums are lower, understating annual mileage or misrepresenting the use of a commercial vehicle 
Help fight fraud 
State FarmTM supports movements and partnerships to help reduce car insurance fraud and educate the public about its impacts. Individuals also play a vital role in fighting and rejecting participation in fraud.

What you can do:


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