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Car crash scam hotspots revealed

24th August 2010

The top twenty hotspots for ‘Crash for cash’, where fraudsters try to make other vehicles crash into their car deliberately so they can make insurance claims, has been published.

‘Crash for cash’ is when fraudsters drive to busy road junctions and then perform unexpected, unnecessary and dangerous emergency stops designed to cause innocent members of the public to crash into them. Claims are made to the innocent motorist’s insurer, often including several accounts of fictitious injuries from members of the criminal gang.

Fraud funds serious crime

According to the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), who published the hotspots, there is growing evidence to show that the proceeds from this type of fraud are used to fund other forms of serious crime including drug trafficking and gun running.

The regional hotspots of ‘Crash for cash’ activities are:

  1. Birmingham
  2. Liverpool
  3. Blackburn
  4. Manchester
  5. Leeds
  6. London east
  7. Oldham
  8. Bradford
  9. London north
  10. Bolton
  11. Sheffield
  12. Uxbridge
  13. Nottingham
  14. Warrington
  15. Stockport
  16. Harrow
  17. Leicester
  18. Chester
  19. Enfield
  20. Wakefield

Read more about ‘Crash for cash’ and the IFB’s figures on the IFB’s website.

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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also: 
Insurance fraud
Insurance broker scams