Crash for cash is a common insurance scam which involves fraudsters inventing or deliberately causing dangerous road traffic collisions, often involving innocent people, in a bid to claim compensation.
The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) helps insurers, and the police protect and detect fraud - acting as a central hub for sharing insurance fraud data and intelligence. Identifying more than 170,000 claims from the start of October 2019 to the end of 2020, which could be linked to the suspected crash for cash networks.
Figures reveal parts of Birmingham and the Black Country are the top “crash for cash” hotspots in the uk. Up to five of the top 11 postcodes areas are in Birmingham and WS1 area in Walsall comes in sixth on the list - WS2 ranking in the 30 worst areas in the country.
It is important for all motorists to be vigilant as we emerge from the pandemic as more vehicles will be on the road - if you suspect an incident is suspicious do not put yourself at risk but report your suspicions to the IFB's confidential Cheatline.
The IFB's Cheatline can be contacted on 0800 422 0421.
Source: Express & Star
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