"Cash for crash" warning of car insurance fraud

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Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance, is warning motorists about a new scam designed to defraud insurers out of thousands of pounds.

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These staged car crashes are on the rise and not only do they cost the industry thousands of pounds and cause premiums to rise, more they also put innocent lives at risk.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance, is warning motorists about a new scam designed to defraud insurers out of thousands of pounds.

The scam involves criminal gangs intentionally staging road accidents, usually by slamming on their breaks causing an innocent driver behind to shunt into them, and then making dodgy insurance claims for personal injury and damage to their vehicle.

It is estimated that the cash for crash scams cost the insurance industry over £200 million a year, and it is British motorists who are feeling the consequences with skyrocketing car insurance premiums.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager, for Swinton said: "These staged car crashes are on the rise and not only do they cost the industry thousands of pounds and cause premiums to rise, more they also put innocent lives at risk."

Swinton is warning motorist to be extra vigilant on the roads and not become a victim of this scam and offers the following advice on how to spot a staged crash:

  •     It will usually occur at a roundabout or at a busy junction
  •     The car may have been following you
  •     A car will break suddenly for no apparent reason
  •     There will be hugely inflated claims for damage and injuries
  •     There may be bogus witnesses, mechanics and doctors to back up the car insurance claims

For more information contact Michael Travers at SKV Public Relations on 0161 838 7770 or michael.travers (at) skvpr.co.uk

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