Anti-fraud intelligence specialists, the Asset Protection Unit (APU), are warning motorists about a potential new scam that is being used by organised criminals. This new ploy, which they call “crash for ready cash” involves gangs deliberately staging an accident and then intimidating the innocent victim into handing over money in return for not getting insurers involved.
Historically, ‘crash for cash’ gangs stage collisions and then make fraudulent personal injury claims through insurers, pocketing the pay-outs if they get past the insurers’ fraud detection systems. But this emerging version of the crime is being used by gangs looking for a quick fix route to the money by sidestepping the insurer and the risk of detection by the Police.
In the instances investigated by the APU, criminals appear to target more vulnerable motorists, like young females who are driving alone, or elderly people, in the hope that they can force them to hand over cash more readily.
We would advise anyone who is involved in a road traffic collision not to hand over any cash at the scene but exchange details and record the nature of the damage and number of people involved. If possible, take photos of the location and damage and if you suspect the incident is staged or feel intimidated, call the police and remain in your vehicle.
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