City of London Police launch ‘ghost brokers’ video for young people

An animated video warning young motorists of the dangers of fraudsters selling fake car insurance has been launched.

The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) have created the video as part of a national awareness campaign following the rise in so-called ‘ghost brokers’ who target young people with false policies and the highest premiums by offering cheap deals online and in person by the roadside, in restaurants, cafes and university campuses.

The video calls on motorist to use common sense when buying insurance and be vary of deals that appear too good to be true.

An IFEB investigation found 600 drivers were duped into buying worthless car insurance with ghost brokers making more than £500,000 profit.

Det Insp Dominic Parkin, deputy head of IFED, said: “Making arrests and securing convictions is one piece of the puzzle - raising public awareness to prevent the fraudsters from duping young drivers is equally as important.

“The animation is designed to grab young drivers’ attention and quickly inform them about the issue.

“We have asked police forces, insurers and universities to share it online with the aim to get it watched by as many motorists as possible.”

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