Fraudulent Check Scam Involves Germania
Germania's Home Office received numerous calls from both non-insureds and policyholders regarding a fraudulent check scam. This scam is not directed to our policyholders, but to individuals across the United States. Individuals have received a letter that states "they have won a sweepstakes". Included with the letter is an enclosed counterfeit check that would cover "the taxes" which are due on the "allotted" winning amount. The counterfeit check has been designed to look like a Germania issued check. In exchange, the recipient is told to deposit this check and issue a Western Union Money Transfer or RIA for the tax amount and mail it directly to the assigned address - which is suspiciously located outside of the U.S. If you have received a fraudulent check and letter we encourage you NOT to respond to this scam, but to destroy the information.
Germania's Response to the West Tragedy
When the West, Texas tragedy occurred, Germania jumped into action. This video highlights the devastation we encountered and our response to West.
New Board Members Elected
Close to 19,000 GFM members/insureds from all parts of Texas attended their April Local Chapter meetings. (see additional election results....)
Legislative Update - We Need Your Support!
The Texas Legislature is in session and is dealing with several important issues - one of which is the restructuring of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), which insures many property owners along the Texas coast against damage from windstorm, hurricane, and hail. TWIA does not have adequate funds to pay losses if a large catastrophic event were to occur. Several bills have been filed to "fix" the funding issues with this program. Some of these bills include farm mutuals and would have a serious negative impact on our association. View a summary of the bills and information on how you can assist in protecting Germania.
Home Inventory Checklist
It's time to ask yourself if you and your family are prepared.
If you were to have damage to your property and its contents, would you be able to identify everything you own and list its value? Knowing this information, and having it documented, could speed the claims process and could get you back on your feet faster.
Germania's Home Inventory Checklist brochure is the easiest way to inventory and track the value of your possessions. Download a copy today and take the time to document your belongings.
The checklist is a simple tool you may never need, and an invaluable one when a catastrophe does strike.
Be prepared. It could happen to you.