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Spotlight on Fraud Awareness During Week-Long Campaign

November 7, 2011 7:38 AM | News

By Brian Schultz

Law enforcement agencies throughout the world are encouraging citizens to raise awareness of International Fraud Awareness Week.

Running November 6 to 12, Manitoba Public Insurance is supporting local efforts by drawing attention to auto insurance fraud.

MPI says its anti-fraud department saved rate payers $9.4 million in fraudulent claims in the last year alone.

“This financial figure is based on an estimate of money recovered and fraudulent claims denied,” said Ted Hlynsky, VP Claims Control and Safety Operations with MPI. “This fraud savings is the direct result of Manitoba’s public auto insurer focusing on all aspects of auto insurance fraud, be it organized groups, vehicle fires, hit and run and bodily injury.”

According to figures released by MPI, auto insurance fraud costs Canadians more than $3 billion annually. Those who suspect insurance fraud can call the confidential MPI tip line at (204) 985-8477.