One of the reasons why green slips in NSW are so expensive is because of increasing fraud in the system. Victor Dominello has said fraudulent claims cost every vehicle owner an extra $75 a year in insurance.
To stop the rot, the NSW government set up a CTP Task Force in 2016. State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) manages this task force, with representatives from government, legal, health, and insurance.
In August 2016, the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Ravens to seek out and stop fraudulent CTP claims.
As first reported on 7 April 2017, detectives have begun to arrest alleged suspects in an organised crime ring.
Involved in fraud are the masterminds, people who are urged to make false claims, and professionals in personal injury law and health who help them do it. It also appears to involve stolen cars, two of which have been pulled out of the Georges River.
So far, Strike Raven detectives have arrested five people and laid 69 charges for a combined fraud of $6.2 million. While current arrests focus on the Bankstown, Merrylands, Auburn areas, there is no reason to think this is the extent of NSW fraudulent activity.
Remember, people who commit fraud make green slips expensive and this hurts everyone. If you suspect a possible scam, call the CTP Fraud Hotline on 1800 600 444.
Are you a victim?
You could be a victim of green slip fraud if you:
- Bought a policy from an insurer other than AAMI, Allianz, CIC Allianz, GIO, NRMA and QBE
- Bought a policy from an agent showing a different insurer
- Did not pay in full for the green slip when you bought it
- Paid cash and have not confirmed with an insurer that you have a valid policy.
If in any doubt about your green slip, please call State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) on 1300 137 131.