As I socially distanced my way through exercise one morning, British pop funk bad Jamiroquai’s song “Virtual Insanity” popped up on my playlist. The song is more than 20 years old now. The band’s lead singer warns about the dangers of becoming too immersed in a digital and virtual reality, and forgetting to connect to the real world. Read article.
by ELIJAH MERCER | June 2020
A pandemic is a disease outbreak that occurs over a wide geographic area, and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most-significant health events to impact our current global population. Yet the insurance industry, has battled its own pandemic for years — the pandemic of insurance fraud. Over the last 20 years, the industry has witnessed insurance fraud progress from symptoms of a “cold” to a full blown “virus.” Read article.
by MICHELLE RAFELD | May 2020
As my 10-year-old kicks off week nine of distance learning from home and I enter my fourth month as Deputy Executive Director of the Coalition, I’ve had a prime opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary circumstances the world is confronting at the moment. A typical weekday morning involves making breakfast, packing lunch, checking for brushed teeth, and moving out the door to school and work. Now, we are dressing from the waist up, setting up virtual classrooms and meetings, and have no plans to leave our home. Read article.
by A.D. DuVall | May 2020
Millions of Americans largely hung up their car keys as driving quickly dwindled when we moved deeper into pandemic lockdown. Two national consumer-advocacy groups called forstate insurance regulators to require that auto insurers to return a portion of premiums to their policyholders. Drivers deserved a break because they weren’t on the roads nearly as much, urged the Consumer Federation of America (a Coalition founding member) and the Center for Economic Justice. Read article.
by JAMES QUIGGLE | April 2020
Our nation remains in shutdown by the novel coronavirus. We long to return to our pre-COVID-19 lives, to leave our homes and return to life as we knew it before. But will life really be the same? Especially for local shops and restaurants? Will they still be there, or will they fall victim in a different way to this virus? Read article.
The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted vast damage across our nation, and the globe. Especially heartbreaking is the large loss of human life.
When I was a young boy, my grandfather repeatedly instilled in me, “From all bad comes good.” I’m now 62 years old, and have seen first-hand the truth behind his words. So what possible good will we in the anti-fraud community derive from this virus? Read article.
by MATTHEW SMITH, Esq. | April 2020
Scammers follow the money trail, and there’s money in the misery caused by coronavirus. Watch out for a second virus — insurance scams that exploit our biggest fears today. Untold thousands of corona cons no doubt are infesting our daily lives, with many going undetected. Insurance fraud may be among the ruses. Be careful of bogus insurance deals that promise you amazing and low-priced protection. Read article.
by JAMES QUIGGLE | March 2020
As the world continues to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus, it occurred to me there may be some analogies that fraud-fighters may draw from this worldwide pandemic to help us better understand our own battle against insurance fraud. Read article.
by MATTHEW SMITH, Esq. | March 2020