‘Be vigilant and be aware’: Rise in ‘crash for cash’ scams expected after lockdown easing

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According to Ageas Insurance, more induced road collisions are expected over the coming weeks and months following Freedom Day. Cases rose by 150 percent when the first national lockdown was lifted in 2020 and Ageas Insurance is expecting another rise.

Induced collisions are when a fraudster orchestrates an incident with an innocent victim to generate a claim.

This is often when a motorist deliberately brakes in front of another to cause them to crash into their vehicle.

These induced road collisions or “crash for cash” scams are most prominent in Birmingham, according to the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB).

The IFB released a list of hotspots for the scam, with Leicester, Coventry, Nottingham, Sheffield and London all appearing as having high prevalence of the crime.

Robin Challand, the Claims Director at Ageas Insurance, commented that drivers should be aware of the threat.

He said: “Lockdowns made it harder for Crash 4 Cash scammers to operate because with less traffic on the road it made it more difficult to disguise their actions.

“But as restrictions are lifted and road-use returns to more normal levels, that’s when we see these criminals start to re-emerge and put innocent motorists at risk by causing accidents.

“We’re urging motorists to be vigilant and be aware of some of the tell-tale signs of a scam.


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“We’ve been told of some instances where the scammers are quite aggressive after the accident; no doubt as a way of intimidating the victim and tricking them into acting so quickly that they don’t have time to question the events that have just happened.” 

Other signs can include the other person driving erratically, including sharp braking, as well as them over exaggerating their injuries after the collision.

The top three most high-risk postcodes for “crash for cash” scams were in Birmingham, who made up four of the top ten places.

Bradford was responsible for three of the top ten, with Walsall, Blackburn and Romford all appearing once.

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