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Revisiting AOB Fraud Ahead of the 2018 Hurricane Season

After the chaos of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tropical storm, it is common for unscrupulous individuals to create fraudulent schemes to pray on those experiencing a loss. As such, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company would like to provide some important information about AOB abuse well before the 2018 Hurricane Season is in full effect.   What is an AOB and AOB Fraud? An AOB (Assignment of Benefits) is a contract between you and a third party such as a contractor, roofer, or water mitigation company. When you sign an AOB, you are giving the third-party vendor the right to deal directly with your homeowners insurance carrier and receive payment for your claim. AOB fraud occurs when contractors inflate the cost of repairs, charge a fee for handling the claim, and commit insurance fraud. At times, these repairs are not completed and the homeowner must pay out of pocket to finish their repairs, as the contractor already received a claim settlement from the insurance company.   W ...

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Investigation by Florida Peninsula’s Special Investigations Unit Results in Insurance Fraud Arrest

On Saturday, February 3rd, Michele Krisle, owner of TSK Exteriors roofing company in St. Cloud, was arrested after an investigation was performed in conjunction with Florida Peninsula Insurance Company’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU). Ms. Krisle was arrested on counts of Scheme to Defraud, Fraudulent Lien, Grand Theft, and False and Fraudulent Insurance Claim after she presented Florida Peninsula with a false invoice for services which were not completed. A Florida Peninsula policyholder hired Krisle’s company, TSK Exteriors, to make repairs on his roof. TSK Exteriors attempted to have the insured sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) form to seek additional monies from Florida Peninsula after the roof repair was complete. When the insured refused to sign the AOB, TSK Exteriors filed a lien against the policyholder’s home for over $17,000. Subsequently, the policyholder reported a roof leak to TSK after their repairs were completed. TSK refused to honor their warranty on the pre ...

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Beware of Fraud After Hurricane Irma

Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma are beginning the recovery process by notifying their insurance carriers and making repairs to their properties. We urge our policyholders who have experienced damage from Hurricane Irma to call Florida Peninsula Insurance Company first to protect themselves from fraud.  After natural disasters, it is not uncommon for fraudulent contractors to pray on those experiencing a loss. Contractors will go door-to-door soliciting repair and cleanup services to those in need. At times, these contractors may be out-of-town "storm chasers" who may not have the proper licenses to make the repairs they promise to deliver.    There is a high probability Assignment of Benefit (AOB) forms will be offered to policyholders when contractors go door-to-door soliciting business or making emergency repairs. When an AOB form is signed by a homeowner, they are assigning their rights under their homeowners insurance policy to the vendor, and allowing all payments to be ma ...

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How to Identify and Avoid AOB Fraud

An AOB (Assignment of Benefits) is a contract between you and a third party such as a contractor, roofer, or water mitigation company. When you sign an AOB, you are giving the third-party vendor the right to deal directly with your homeowners insurance carrier Citizens and receive payment for your claim. Essentially, you are giving up your rights to manage your claim and placing the third party in total control of reporting the amount of loss to your insurance company and negotiating payment.  This is not to say all AOB contracts are fraudulent, but AOB abuse is on the rise each year and we encourage all homeowners to be aware of these crimes. The first step is to identify a fraudulent contractor. Here are some red flags: Someone knocks on your door and tells you there is damage you didn’t know about. You’re promised something for nothing, such as a free roof or kitchen renovation.  Someone claims the damage is greater than it clearly is.  Permanent repairs ...

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AOB Abuse Leads to Increases in Premiums

Assignment of Benefits (AOB) fraud is a fast growing problem for Florida homeowners. Unfortunately, as the result of this problem, it has lead to an increase in homeowners’ insurance premiums for a vast majority of carriers doing business in our State. Most commonly, AOB fraud occurs during an emergency, such as a plumbing or roof leak. When homeowners sign an AOB contract, it puts a third party in direct control, and claims are inflated with unnecessary costs and fees. It doesn’t end there – these costs are then passed on to policyholders when insurance companies calculate and adjust their rates.  Large areas of the state, particularly the tri-county area of Southeast Florida, have already been hit with double-digit property insurance rate hikes, with more increases on the horizon if something isn’t done. State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has calculated what will happen if lawmakers do not fix the problem. In Palm Beach, for example, coverage for a residenti ...

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#FightingFraudFriday: Beware of Home Repair and Contractor Fraud

  As spring approaches, don't be a victim of home repair and contractor fraud. Reduce the risk of being scammed by making yourself aware of the following red flags: 1. Contractors who appear at your doorstep: If someone knocks at your door to ask you if you need their services, or offer to give you a consultation, it is okay to simply take their business card, listen to what they have to say, and shut the door. One thing you should do is research their company online to see if it is legitimate. Often times, there are people who will take your money and run. 2. Your contractor is pressuring you: If you feel extremely pressured to make a decision because your contractor is pushing you to sign the agreement based on a "special deal" or "today only" offer, it may be in your best interest to decline the offer. AOB (Assignment of Benefit) fraud is also very common and some contractors who require an AOB are known for their high pressure tactics. Signing an Assignment of Benefits form transfers the rights ...

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Beware of Fraud Post-Hurricane Matthew

Florida Peninsula urges our policyholders who have experienced damage from Hurricane Matthew to call us first to protect themselves from fraud.

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AOB News Isn't All Bad; Suit Against Insurer Thrown Out for Fraud

In an amazing turn of events, a Broward County Judge recently dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by a water restoration firm against Florida Peninsula Insurance Company after the company convinced the Court it had been a victim of fraud at the hands of the water remediation firm. Yes, you heard right. The matter all started when on 9/10/2014, Florida Peninsula policyholder Curline Dixon supposedly suffered a roof and water loss at her home. According to the suit, Dixon thereafter hired a public adjuster who recommended to her that she hire State 2 State Restoration, Inc. to perform water extraction/remediation services. Dixon followed the advice and also executed an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) making State 2 State Restoration Assignee on the insurance claim. State 2 State later brought suit against Florida Peninsula for Breach of Contract over payments of amounts allegedly owned on the claim. As part of the process of preparing the case the insurer discovered information indicating that State 2 State m ...

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