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Chubb’s New Crime Insurance Coverage Helps Protect Firms from Impostors

WARREN, NJ, August 25, 2014 – The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies has created a crime insurance endorsement to help protect companies from an increasingly prevalent type of fraud. Chubb’s Social Engineering Fraud Endorsement provides coverage for an organization’s losses when an employee is tricked into making a payment through email, telephone, letter or other means to someone who purports to be a vendor or client.

Coverage is available up to $250,000 per occurrence with no annual aggregate, although higher limits may be available to qualified customers.

Greg Bangs, vice president and worldwide crime insurance manager for Chubb, explained that a typical crime insurance policy will not insure an organization for such fraud losses. He noted that crime policies respond when money or securities are taken by a third party, but a social engineering scam tricks employees into sending money or securities to a fraudster.

“As organizations continue to seek to improve their computer security, social engineering scams are taking aim elsewhere – at human beings,” said Bangs. “It’s easy for a thief to pose as a vendor and request by email that a payment be directed to a new bank account. The company may not realize it was defrauded until weeks or months later when the vendor sends out an overdue payment notice.”

The endorsement can be added to the crime insurance coverage section of the following Chubb policies: Executive Protection PortfolioSM, Health Care PortfolioTM, ForeFront Portfolio for Not-for-Profit OrganizationsTM, and Forefront Portfolio 3.0TM.

About Chubb
Since 1882, members of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies have provided property and casualty insurance products to customers around the globe. These products are offered through a worldwide network of independent agents and brokers. The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies is known for financial strength, underwriting and loss-control expertise, tailoring products for the needs of high-net-worth individuals and commercial customers in niche markets and select industry segments, and outstanding claim service.

The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies is the marketing term used to describe several separately incorporated insurance companies under the common ownership of The Chubb Corporation. The Chubb Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and, together with its subsidiaries, employs approximately 10,000 people throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. For more information regarding The Chubb Corporation, including a listing of the insurers in the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, visit www.chubb.com.