Residents across Duval County are being told to stay on the lookout for
crooks going door to door pointing out cracks on resident’s car
windshields and then asking those residents for their car insurance
According to the Coalition against Insurance Fraud, there are a couple ways the scam can work. Scammers will convince drivers to replace a perfectly
good windshield and then lie to the insurance company about unnecessary
damages and repairs.
Or crooks will see that a windshield has a
nick in it and lie to the insurance company saying that several costly
repairs are needed when the windshield could have been repaired at
In some instances, if given your insurance
information, some con artists will charge a victim's auto policy for
several damages without the victim being aware of it.
“If you do
have a damaged windshield you should contact your insurance company
first, and only go with a vendor that your insurance company recommends.
Otherwise the insurance company may not even pay for it if you go out
and get it done on your own,” Gil Smith, News4Jax Crime and Safety Analyst said.
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