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“crash for cash”
15 August 2013 Last updated at 19:02 ET
Warning over ‘flash-for-cash’ car accident insurance scam
By Richard Westcott
BBC transport correspondent
Motorists are being warned about a new insurance scam where criminals flash their lights to let other drivers out of a junction, then crash into them on purpose.
Anti-fraud experts are calling it “flash-for-cash”.
The gangs tend to target new, smarter vehicles or vulnerable road users, including older people and women with children in the car.
The scam is costing insurers hundreds of millions of pounds every year.
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“Flash for cash”: New insurance scam a real concern
by RIVERS on OCTOBER 2, 2013
A new insurance scam where drivers deliberately crash into other cars in order to make a false claim is affecting thousands of drivers.
The process, which has already been dubbed “flash for cash,” sees criminals flashing their lights at other motorists to let them out of junctions and side roads, before crashing into them on purpose.
The scam is costing motorists and insurance companies thousands of pounds a year and particularly targets vulnerable drivers, such as the young or elderly, as well as new and expensive vehicles.