MOUNT PLEASANT, SC — South Carolina ranks 7th in the country when it comes to the number of staged car accidents. That type of insurance fraud is costing the average consumer money, according to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. The office met with national insurance investigators during a summit in Greenville this week.
They discussed ways to cut down on insurance fraud in our state. On
average, 25% of insurance premiums go to covering fake insurance claims.
“These are the types of things that as an agent you hear about
someone putting in an insurance claim, it sounds a little fishy, but it
moves on through the process,” said Heather Bosse, a Mount Pleasant
Attorney General Alan Wilson says the state does not put enough money
into combating insurance fraud. Other states spend 15-25 times more
than South Carolina.
Laurie Langford, a private investigator with Tracker Investigations
in the Charleston area says not as many insurance companies are hiring
private investigators to look into insurance fraud as they used to. She
thinks that may be the reason insurance fraud is going up.
“I think that a lot more people were getting caught when they were
hiring more investigators to look into it. I think a lot more people are
getting away with it with less surveillance around them and less actual
investigation into the suspicious claims,” said Langford.