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Sick insurance scammers prey on victims of devastating Sydney hailstorm

Sick insurance scammers prey on victims of devastating Sydney hailstorm as damage bill tops $210 million

  • Insurance scammers posing as tradesmen are preying on victims of hail storm
  • Tradesmen have been knocking on doors saying they will make repairs for cash 
  • They may roughly patch up a hole in the roof or may walk away and do nothing

Scammers posing as tradesmen from insurance companies are preying on victims affected by Sydney’s devastating hail storm as damage bills rise to $210 million. 

Authorities and insurance companies have received reports of dodgy tradesmen knocking on doors saying they will make repairs for cash. 

Reports of insurance scammers have been lodged over the past few days in heavily affected suburbs such as Baulkham Hills, Darlinghurst and Berowra Heights. 

Scammers posing as tradesmen from insurance companies are targeting victims affected by Sydney’s hail storm 

Reports of dodgy tradesmen have been made in heavily affected parts of Sydney including Bulkham Hills, Berowra Heights and Darlinghurst 

Reports of dodgy tradesmen have been made in heavily affected parts of Sydney including Bulkham Hills, Berowra Heights and Darlinghurst 

Sydneysiders took to social media with photos of giant hailstones nearly as large as the palm of their hand

The Insurance Council of Australia’s General Manager Campbell Fuller said the scammers often emerge whenever there is a natural disaster. 

Mr Fuller has warned the fake tradesmen may roughly patch up a hole in a roof or may walk away and do nothing. 

‘If anyone is asking for cash in return for urgent repair work, then it is usually too good to be true,’ Mr Fuller told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘They’ll either say ”I’ll fix your roof for cash” or they will say they’ve been sent by the insurer to fix something.’ 

Scammers will often go door-to-door tempting victims for an on-the-spot repair claiming tradesmen from other insurance companies may take weeks.  

Insurance companies will never make a random repair in exchange for cash.

Scammers will often tempt victims for an on-the-spot repair claiming tradesmen from other insurance companies may take weeks

Scammers will often tempt victims for an on-the-spot repair claiming tradesmen from other insurance companies may take weeks

Scammers will often roughly patch up a hole in the roof or may walk away and do nothing 

Scammers will often roughly patch up a hole in the roof or may walk away and do nothing 

About 45,000 claims of damages have been lodged with $210 million of insurance losses as of Saturday

About 45,000 claims of damages have been lodged with $210 million of insurance losses as of Saturday

The damage caused by the storm that swept across the state on Thursday evening makes it Sydney's worst hail storm in 20 years

The damage caused by the storm that swept across the state on Thursday evening makes it Sydney’s worst hail storm in 20 years

Mr Fuller has advised affected residents to always ask for identity if they think they are being scammed. 

‘Try to get their number plate or take a photo of their vehicle and then call the insurer and the police,’ he said.  

About 45,000 claims of damages have been lodged with $210 million of insurance losses as of Saturday. 

25,000 claims with $125 million of damage bills were reported just on Friday.  

The damage caused by the storm that swept across the state on Thursday evening makes it Sydney’s worst hail storm in 20 years.       

15,000 claims of damages were lodged when the storm struck on Thursday evening with 25,000 reported the following day

15,000 claims of damages were lodged when the storm struck on Thursday evening with 25,000 reported the following day

Emergency services were receiving calls from residents affected by the hail every ten seconds

Emergency services were receiving calls from residents affected by the hail every ten seconds

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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