HONOLULU (KHON2) — Fake car insurance cards are circulating on the island of Maui.
First Insurance Company of Hawaii warns consumers about fake car insurance cards being sold in Maui by fake agents.
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FICOH said the bogus agents list FICOH as the carrier and Business Insurance Services as the insurance agency.
Those who have been scammed have called FICOH and come to find that they do not have what they were offered. This leaves consumers paying out of pocket or even driving their cars illegally.
Fake cards promoting other insurance companies have been reported, according to FICOH.
FICOH reminds the public that it is illegal to create fake insurance cards and impersonate an insurance agent. FICOH said the bogus agents would take customers’ money and provide no cover.
Here are some ways to protect yourself against fraud:
• Take note of where the agent asks you to go to make a payment. If it’s somewhere
other than their office or the carrier’s website, this could be a sign that they are trying to scam you.
• A legitimate insurance agent should also be able to provide you with an electronic or hard copy of
your insurance policy. Failure to produce a policy could indicate that they never purchased insurance for you.
• Check that the year, make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle matches
information about your car.
FICOH also reminds consumers to verify your insurance with other agencies.
You can report fraudulent activity on the National Insurance Crime Bureau website.