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Fraud bureau fights crash for cash' motor insurance scams

PUBLISHED: 19:13 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 October 2010

FRAUD investigators are using state-of-the-art technology and data pooled from across the insurance industry to help clamp down on false claims from deliberate road accidents.' Criminal gangs are said to be causing crashes then making claims against innocent motorists

FRAUD investigators are using state-of-the-art technology and data pooled from across the insurance industry to help clamp down on false claims from deliberate road accidents.’

Criminal gangs are said to be causing crashes then making claims against innocent motorists.

The top 20 areas of Britain mostly hit by Crash for Cash’ crimes includes East London, although moving down the hot spot’ league table one place from a year ago.

Slightly further out in the leafy suburbs the fraud is increasing in places like in Ilford and Barking, according to statistics released this week by the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

RUTHLESS GANGS

“The criminal gangs targeting honest motorists are ruthless,” said the bureau’s chairman John Beadle.

“Motorists are being put at risk while fraudulent claims add £40 to every premium paid by honest policyholders each year.”

The bureau has already helped cops collar 300 fraudsters since it was set up in 2006.

Fraudsters typically drive to busy road junctions and make unexpected emergency stops to cause others to crash into them, the bureau warns. Claims often include several accounts’ of fictitious injuries from gang members.

The Fraud Bureau has also set up a free Cheatline’ to help victims on 0800-3282550.

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