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The Danger Of Identity Theft After A Car Crash

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 8:07 AM
As if the stress of a car accident (whether a small fender-bender or a more serious one) weren't enough, you can't let your guard down as you exchange information with the other party.  

From Bankrate via Yahoo Finance:
Criminals sometimes stage car accidents to make false injury claims, and they can use information voluntarily provided at the crash scene to steal the other motorist's identity, says Sam Imandoust, a legal analyst for the Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego.

Lots of us may be giving up too much personal information after accidents. In a July 2012 survey, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or NAIC, found that many drivers don't know what details to provide and what to keep private.

"Understanding what information to share, and with whom, will help keep you safe after an accident and decrease some of the challenges of filing a claim later on," says Kevin McCarty, NAIC president and Florida's insurance commissioner.

 

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pearlbrownpearlbrown1,431 posts since
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1. Monday, November 12, 2012 - 8:21 AM
Most states have a standard driver's accident report form available from their DMV or state trooper's office. They also can be downloaded and printed from their web sites. I carry a copy in my glove box in case of an accident. Here is an example from the State of Texas:

https://dcso.dallascounty.org/Eco...%20Form.pd
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ShorebreakShorebreak2,608 posts since
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