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Queensland cracks down on 'claim farming'

Queensland cracks down on 'claim farming'

The Queensland government will crack down on so-called 'claim farming' where scammers harvest personal details by pretending to represent insurance companies.

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By AAP 24.07.2018 04:21 PM

The Queensland government will crack down on the practise of "claim farming" which it says is affecting vulnerable people.

The practise involves scammers cold calling people or giving social media prompts to people involved in car crashes urging them to change the compulsory third party insurance provider, before harvesting personal information which they can sell.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad told a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday she had asked the Motor Accident Insurance Commission to urgently advise her on the best way to crack down on the practise.

"It is clear that some claim farmers appear to have no moral boundaries and that is why their business practices must be stopped," Ms Trad said.

"Claim farmers often use high pressure tactics and can be contacting vulnerable people, including children and the elderly."

Ms Trad said even her household had been targeted, with her young son recently taking a call where a person pressured him for information.

Laws are expected to be introduced to state parliament next year following the MAIC's advice.

In the meantime, the oversight body will conduct an awareness campaign about the scam.

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