Is filing a false vehicle theft report insurance fraud?

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Insurance Question from Rome, GA

Asked on 02/03/2012

Is filing a false vehicle theft report insurance fraud? NULL

Answer given on February 05, 2012

The question about filing a false vehicle theft report as fraud should be a question that really does not need to be asked.Filing any false police report is against the law. A false vehicle theft also involves insurance fraud which can result in the inability to obtain auto insurance in the future as well as any legal ramifications. It is hard to imagine why anyone would knowlingly file such a report. the insurance company would investigate any vehicle theft and would most likely discover the fraudulent report. The claim would be denied, the authorities would be notified and your insurance would almost certainly be cancelled immediately. You would not be able to obtain insurance from that insurance company and most other companies would learn of the fraud and deny your request for insurance.If you have already filed the report, I would suggest you call your insurance company and withdraw the claim. Then call the police and withdraw the report. Hopefully it is not too late to undo this.

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