Ontario police warn of fake auto insurance scams

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August, 2012 – The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has issued a warning to drivers in the area, alerting them to an increase in fraudulent insurance documents produced during routine traffic stops.

The OPP says unsuspecting consumers are being targeted by fake insurance companies selling auto insurance in Ontario. The police remind drivers to be aware when purchasing auto insurance and ensure that the coverage they purchase is from a reputable insurance broker and company.

“If you suspect you may have been offered or purchased a fraudulent auto insurance policy, take action immediately to confirm whether or not you have coverage,” says a statement from the OPP. “Contact the insurance company that is set out in the policy. Do not contact the broker or agent named in that policy. A conviction of producing fraudulent insurance can cost you on a first conviction a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $25,000. A subsequent conviction to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $50,000 and, in addition, his or her driver’s licence may be suspended for a period of not more than one year.”

If you have information on persons selling fake insurance cards or suspect that a driver is operating a motor vehicle with a fake insurance card, please contact the OPP.