3 Convicted for Crash for Cash Scam

Three people have been convicted for their involvement in an organised Crash for Cash scam that purposely targeted innocent motorists in hope of causing collisions to profit from fraudulent personal injury claims.

Their convictions relate to their role in seven collisions across the Thames Valley and Metropolitan Police areas and the organisation of a further 76 collisions. The three convicted were:

 Nasir Mahmood, aged 32, of Morpeth Close, Whitley, Reading

The number of 'crash for cash' cases is on the rise with fake claims costing insurers £120 million

The number of "crash for cash" cases is on the increase according to new research, with fake motor insurance claims now the most expensive and common type of insurance fraud to be exposed.

Sometimes, fraudsters will deliberately slam their brakes on so that an innocent motorist hits them from behind, or they will flash their headlights to pretend that they are going to let a driver out of a junction and then deliberately hit them.

IFB launches consultation on new strategy

IFB opens strategic consultation

Fletcher urges industry to shape IFB‟ future‟

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has today launched an industry-wide consultation on its future strategic direction.

The consultation calls on the insurance industry to help shape the future direction of the IFB by considering its expansion into new product lines besides motor and its role in developing an industry-wide grey data (intelligence) management framework.

Deliberate crashes by criminal gangs cost drivers millions

Staged “crash for cash” road collisions rose by half last year as criminals cash in on fraudulent personal injury claims, a leading insurer claimed yesterday.

Lawyers said vans were being targeted by gangs who believe that tradesmen on tight deadlines are unlikely to challenge the other driver and are likely to have fully comprehensive insurance.

Insurers are calling for stricter deterrents, including more custodial prison sentences and the dismissal of claims that are found to be exaggerated.

Cut car cover costs at a snap

MOTORISTS are being encouraged to install cameras on the dashboards of their cars to protect no-claims discounts and avoid premiums soaring after accidents.

Claims managers at AA Insurance Services and Direct Line have said camera evidence is increasingly being used to establish fault after a crash.

Dashboard cameras, common in many other countries, were virtually unknown here a few years ago. However, sales have mushroomed in recent months, putting the potential value for the market at more than £2.5bn.