Compensation claim news
08/11/2011

Crash for cash scams spread to the country

Fraudsters faking road traffic accidents in order to make compensation claims are now targeting rural areas with their crash for cash scams.

Those behind the fraudulent accidents have been making unnecessary emergency stops at busy roundabouts or slip roads in order to force motorists to crash into them. A phony compensation claim is then made, often including made up whiplash injuries.

A recent analysis of crash for cash scams has revealed that rural locations are the new favoured sites for staging the fake car accidents and that roundabouts, junctions and slip roads are the most common hotspots.

Those behind the crash-for-cash scams mistakenly believe that using rural areas will make their scams harder to detect. However, it is likely that fraudsters will be at a higher risk of suffering serious injury or severely harming an innocent motorist as the average speeds used on county roads tend to be much faster than on busier urban highways.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has estimated that fraudulent road traffic accident claims amount to £350m per year, costing innocent motorists more than £4 million every week.

 

 

 
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