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Crash-for-cash scam hits the capital


Drivers in London have been warned about a new crash-for-cash scam being instigated by moped users.

It is estimated that this network of moped fraudsters has targeted 2,250 people in the last two years alone, attempting more than £27m worth of false claims.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB), City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), is now working with other agencies to crack down on the scam and is encouraging any drivers who have been a victim to report the incident online https://www.insurancefraudbureau.org/cheatline or call 0800 422 0421.

Ursula Jallow, Director at IFB, said: “Crash for cash moped scams have become epidemic in our capital. These dangerous fraudsters are driving head-first into unsuspecting motorists, leaving countless victims terrified and insurers facing millions of pounds in bogus claims. We’re collaborating closely with IFED and the insurance industry to bring every one of these reckless fraudsters to justice. We encourage all Londoners to watch out for the unique signs of crash for cash moped scams and to report any evidence to our Cheatline.”

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Hill, at City of London Police’s IFED, said: “Crash for cash fraudsters have little regard for the lasting impact that their actions can have on victims, so it is concerning to see that over 2,200 people have been targeted by moped drivers in just two years. We urge road users to learn the tell-tale signs that can precede these collisions, as knowing them can help protect you from falling victim. If you suspect you have been targeted, report it to Cheatline.”

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