DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has launched a new public website, the first redesign in some eight years.
NICB's site (www.nicb.org) attracts millions of visitors each year, with thousands coming to the site each day to use the popular—and free—VINCheck® service to look for indications that a used car has been salvaged or stolen.
In the seven weeks following Hurricane Harvey, VINCheck was visited more than 800,000 times as NICB warned people in the market for a used car to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles.
NICB.org paints a more comprehensive picture of NICB's purpose as one of partnership with insurance companies, consumers and law enforcement to combat insurance fraud and vehicle theft.
The new website offers news and videos on insurance fraud and vehicle theft, information and tips on how to spot and prevent fraud, assistance for law enforcement and the news media, and information on membership.
Beyond the popular VINCheck service, the public can find specific information on various insurance fraud schemes and how to protect themselves under the "Prevent Fraud & Theft" tab. Bulleted tip lists and downloadable resources help make the information easy to understand and actionable. The public can choose to order NICB publications on the "Order Brochures & Posters" page.
Another new section of value to the site is the "For Law Enforcement" section. Here law enforcement agencies can learn valuable ways that the NICB can partner with them to assist in their fraud investigative needs and get information on training—all free-of-charge.
Check our website frequently to see new stories featuring NICB in action to help fight insurance fraud and crime, and to help insurance consumers deal with the aftermath of both natural and man-made disasters.
Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.
About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $436 billion in insurance premiums in 2016, or more than 79 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 94 percent ($202 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.
SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau