Poolman Launches N.D. Fraud Unit, Awareness Ad Campaign

February 12, 2004

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman announced that a new fraud unit and insurance fraud awareness media campaign are starting statewide. The new unit, which will serve to investigate and deter insurance fraud, will work in conjunction with a new media campaign that is comprised of TV, radio and billboard advertisements.

The campaign’s message, “Insurance Fraud—Everybody Pays,” is designed to illustrate the types of fraud commonly perpetrated and instructs those who suspect fraud to report it to the insurance department. The 2003 North Dakota Legislature appropriated $150,000 to facilitate the creation, implementation and marketing of the new fraud unit

Poolman said insurance fraud is estimated to cost the average North Dakota household between $200 and $300.

Anyone who wishes to report fraud should call the department at (800) 247-0560.

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