By Michelle Mortensen, Investigative Reporter - email
LAS VEGAS - Windshield damage happens frequently in Las Vegas. Chips, cracks and worse occur when rocks and debris hit your windshield.
Scam artists are trying to capitalize on the threat of windshield damage. The scammers are accosting drivers at car washes and gas stations and telling them their windshields need repair, even if they don't. The scam is so prevalent, it even has a catchy name: windshield bullying.
According to industry experts, these scammers will bully people into getting work done. They use scare tactics such as saying the victim's safety is in jeopardy. Once these scam artists have played on their victim's fears, they make their sales pitch.
"They try and pressure them and say they're going to be free," said Steve Parker with Safelight Auto Glass. "Nothing's free in the world."
This unnecessary service may not cost you a dime at the time, but in the long run, all insured drivers pay, because this is insurance fraud.
"The more claims the insurance companies pay up, everybody has to pay more insurance. They aren't in the business to lose money, and they won't," Parker said.
Your premiums go up every time someone commits insurance fraud. The crime is becoming increasingly common. In states like Florida, Arizona and California, insurance fraud is a rampant problem. Experts say it's only a matter of time before Nevada sees an increase in fraudulent activities.
Many people in Las Vegas have already experienced windshield bullying. 8 on Your Side conducted an undercover investigation where these acts allegedly occurred, but was not solicited.
If you suspect you are the victim of windshield bullying, refuse the service and report it to the Nevada Division of Insurance.
If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.
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