Fraud Rises After Major Disasters–Are You Prepared to Detect it?

It’s now been nearly two months since Hurricane Ian made landfall across the southwestern coast of Florida and moved steadily inward, bringing massive storm surge and devastating homes and businesses. The long road to restoration and rebuilding has begun but the true scope and cost of this storm’s impact will not be known for quite some time.

As homeowners and businesses start the long process of rebuilding or restoration for their damaged homes and buildings, many local and large insurers are bracing for what can come next: fraudulent claims. Disasters that cause significant damage almost always trigger a wave of fraud, whether it’s from homeowners submitting claims to fix damage that occurred before a storm hit, to vendors approaching and then encouraging homeowners to file a claim of ill report.