André Giroux | www.conseiller.ca (in French)
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre (formerly Phonebusters) and the Ontario Provincial Police warn people who wish to subscribe or who have recently purchased a car insurance about a recent scam : fraudsters offer insurance policies in the Ontario newspapers and on websites.
Ontario is next door. This is the reason why Quebec consumers must also be aware of the following signs:
• abnormally low rates
• the words "everyone is accepted";
• false subscription form is mailed or sent electronically to buyers who pay their premiums through Western Union or Money Gram.
Victims of car insurance scam claim that the fraudsters have used among other business names Arthur and Son, Smith and Sons and Addison and Sons.
This fraud is serious because victims are unaware that their car insurance is invalid until they suffer an accident or are arrest by the police.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre invites citizens to protect themselves by taking a few precautions when shopping for car insurance. You can reassure a potential customer who have heard about this story by taking the lead and showing your registration with the AMF.
A consumer who suspects a fraudulent automobile insurance can contact his/her local police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre at 1 888 495-8501. The center also includes Quebec.
You can also visit www.phonebusters.com to learn more about fraud and scams currently underway in Canada