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May 14, 2009

Department of Insurance urges consumers with storm damage to act quickly, watch for scams

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Jefferson City, Mo.  - As consumers in northern and southern Missouri begin to recover from the tornadoes and powerful storms that tore through the region Wednesday night, the Missouri Department of Insurance has suggestions for dealing with storm damage.

The department says consumers with damage to homes, cars or other possessions need to quickly get in touch with their insurance agent or company, do what they can to contain the damage and be on the lookout for suspicious offers of help. The department offers these tips for filing your insurance claim: 

"While filing an insurance claim is usually a smooth process, there can be problems," said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP). "I encourage any consumers who believe they're not being treated fairly or who suspect fraud to contact my department."

Other tips to consider:

Consumers with questions or complaints can contact the Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit insurance.mo.gov.

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department's seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

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