Email Hacking Fraud
Insurance fraud takes many forms, from inflating a claim to faking a disability. It occurs when individuals intentionally deceive an insurance company to collect money that isn't rightfully theirs.
Each year insurance fraud costs all types of insurance companies and their customers billions of dollars. In fact, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud estimates that insurance fraud costs Americans at least $80 billion a year. Northwestern Mutual is proactive in its effort to fight insurance fraud, and we are continually improving our procedures for prevention, detection and investigation of insurance fraud.
Each incident of fraud forces insurance companies to absorb unnecessary expenses. Those excess expenses can cause companies to raise premium rates. Or, in the case of mutual insurance companies, those expenses may result in lower dividend amounts for policyowners. Conversely, when fraud decreases, the money an insurance company saves can be passed on to its policyowners.
According to The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud "Insurance fraud occurs when people deceive an insurance company or agent to obtain policies or collect money to which they are not entitled. Similarly, insurers and agents also can defraud customers, or even each other."
Some examples of insurance fraud include:
Northwestern Mutual has a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) whose responsibility is to investigate suspected fraud and to help local law enforcement officials prosecute offenders. The SIU works to detect, prevent and resolve fraudulent activities perpetrated against Northwestern Mutual.
Additionally, many states actively prosecute insurance fraud through established fraud bureaus. We urge you to visit your state's department of insurance Website for information about insurance fraud specific to your state. Also, the following organizations maintain Websites that provide information about the problem of insurance fraud:
If you suspect insurance fraud has been committed against Northwestern Mutual or Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, call our toll-free Fraud Detection Line at 1-877-607-2485 or email the SIU at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, contact your state's insurance fraud bureau.
When contacting the SIU, please provide the following information, if possible:
Email hacking occurs when a fraudster illegally gains access into an individual’s email account. This allows the fraudster to read email messages and view the address book on the email account. Using this information, the fraudster (appearing to be the individual), contacts the individual’s financial institutions via an email message and tries to obtain funds. If you believe a fraudster has accessed your email account, we recommend that you take the following actions to protect yourself.
Simply changing the password will not effectively keep the fraudster out.
Check your credit report and/or sign up for credit monitoring services. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com to obtain a credit report or contact via phone.
For tips and other helpful information, contact the Federal Trade Commission: 1-877-IDTHEFT or review information on the FTC’s Identity Theft website.
Consider these additional safeguard options relating to your accounts and policies at Northwestern Mutual:
If you are an employee, contractor, field force member, or vendor/supplier for Northwestern Mutual or its subsidiaries and you suspect or observe a concern related to possible:
Contact the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) to confidentially report your concern. Help maintain an ethical culture and protect Northwestern Mutual’s reputation for integrity and trust.
Access the ERC by phone (866-663-8427) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Time. Outside of business hours, you may leave a confidential message.