Residents of Duval County are being advised to remain vigilant for criminals soliciting residents to participate in a scam to defraud insurance companies.
News Channel WJXT of Jacksonville, Florida has reported an increase in the number of residents calling their newsroom to report potential scammers going door-to-door asking for a copy of their insurance policy.
According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, this scam involves windshield repair shops convincing unsuspecting residents to replace their windshield even though little to no damage exists. These repair shops often offer incentives for residents in the form of cash or other gifts.
Insurance professionals have seen a marked increase in the number of windshield replacement claims over the past 5 years. Gil Smith, News Channel WJXT’s crime and safety analyst recommends that if you do have a damaged windshield to contact your insurance company first. Further, he recommends that you only seek a vendor that your insurance company approves.
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