Birmingham was found to be the most affected region for “Crash for Cash” insurance scams which could put drivers at serious risk. Crash for cash is a common scam that sees fraudsters deliberately cause accidents to claim compensation.
This can include purposefully driving into innocent motorists in a desperate attempt to claim against their insurance policy.
IFB analysis of 2.7million motor insurance claims has identified over 170,00 of these could be linked to “Crash for Cash” networks.
Birmingham postcodes were listed as the top three most affected areas with B23, B34 and B8 topping the list.
A total of seven Birmingham postcodes were included in the top 30 areas affected with B27, B33, B11 and B28 also on the list.
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“The IFB’s hotspots analysis is a stark reminder that although great strides have been taken in tackling the problem, these car crash scams are all too common.
“As traffic levels return to normal following the national lockdown, ‘Crash for Cash’ fraudsters may look to make up for lost time.
“It is hoped that by shining a spotlight on the issue we will encourage road users to be alert and report any suspicious activity to the IFB’s Cheatline on 0800 422 0421.
“It is hoped that the announcement of the UK’s top ‘Crash for Cash’ hotspots will encourage communities to be vigilant as more drivers start to take to the roads.”
Detective Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels, Head of the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), said the fraud poses a “safety threat” to drivers.
He said: “‘Crash for Cash’ fraud is damaging to the public in many ways.
“Most critical is the threat it poses to the safety of road users, as criminals target innocent drivers by deliberately crashing into them.
“These induced collisions could have potentially grave consequences and the traumatic experience could have a lasting effect on the victim.
“We have seen time and time again that ‘Crash for Cash’ fraudsters do not care about the safety of their victims.”