More than 1,000 accidents are staged every week as fraudsters target insurance cash. Over 300,000 smashes were faked by crash crooks in the past five years across Britain. In the past year, 30,000 people have fallen victim to the “slam-on” scam where a driver in front hits their brakes to get shunted. Research from LV=Car Insurance also shows drivers are making up injuries.
Other crash cons include the “flash for cash” scam where a swindler flashes their lights to allow a car to merge before slamming into them. They then make several claims which outweigh the cost of fixing the vehicles.
Last month two fraudsters were jailed for “crash-for-cash” scams. Mohammed Gulzar, 31, and Shoaib Nawaz, 25, of Sheffield, tried to net £500,000 from smashes.