Rarely do you associate trial attorneys with anti-fraud efforts, but a law firm in Florida is doing just that with a new public service video warning consumers about door-to-door scammers looking to sign up auto accident victims.
“If you’ve been in an accident and a stranger knocks on your door to get you to sign up for a doctor or lawyer, they’re breaking the law. Some of these criminals even have the nerve to walk into your hospital room. They may even text you to get your case. They probably illegally obtained your police report…These people are not only annoying, they’re trying to steal from you. Don’t sign anything. Instead call the insurance fraud hotline. You could be entitled to a reward.”
The video then flashes the fraud hotline number of the Florida Division of Insurance Fraud.
Soliciting accident victims within 60 days of a crash is a crime in the state, thanks to a law enacted a few years ago that was pushed by fraud fighters in Florida and the Coalition.
Illegal soliciting still occurs, although much less frequently.
So what’s the motivation behind the Rubenstein Law firm in sponsoring this PSA? Are they trying to cut the crooked lawyers out of the action to gain more clients for themselves? Or perhaps they truly do care that solicitation scams hurt consumers.
Whatever their motivation, we commend the law firm for supporting anti-fraud efforts in the Sunshine State.
About the author: Dennis Jay is executive director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.