Police: Crash Gangs On The Rise


Drivers are being warned to look out for criminals who stage road accidents to claim money on insurance. The 'cash for crash' scams are snaring thousands of motorists and experts believe it now costs the insurance industry at least Β£200million a year.

The scammers often make innocent drivers crash into them so that they can claim for damage and injuries such as whiplash. Usually they will brake hard so that the driver behind goes into the back of them.

Police are now telling drivers to be on the look out for the practice, which is often carried out by well organised criminal gangs. The practice is apparently spreading at an alarming rate and recently the Insurance Fraud Bureau smashed a number of gangs across the country.

Overall motor insurance fraud is costing an estimated Β£1.6billion a year and around Β£50 is being added to the average drivers policy to cover the losses. Superintendent Glyn Jones of the Metropolitan Police said: 'Some people see this as a victimless crime but it certainly isn't. Criminal activity like this pushes up everyone's premiums.'

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  • LukeBird 11 Aug 2008

    Shoot them. mad

  • J111 11 Aug 2008

    "The scammers often make innocent drivers crash into them so that they can claim for damage and injuries such as whiplash. Usually they will brake hard so that the driver behind goes into the back of them."

    Hmm scratchchin

    Only a fool breaks the two second rule ?

  • J111 11 Aug 2008

    Dammit, there are now two threads on this, neither of which have the article attached to them irked

  • LukeBird 11 Aug 2008

    That's a bit odd. It was here, because I hit the 'add your comments' link.
    confused

    Wheredered it go? confused

  • Fidgits 11 Aug 2008

    LukeBird said:
    That's a bit odd. It was here, because I hit the 'add your comments' link.
    confused

    Wheredered it go? confused
    maybe it rear ended a dodgy guy on the way to the forumwink

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