New ‘crash for cash’ manoeuvre
Unsuspecting drivers are being targeted by a new ‘crash for cash’ tactic to induce accidents and make bogus insurance claims.
The latest strategy involves a fraudster hiding in a driver’s blind spot before quickly moving in front to ‘slam on’ the brakes.
“CRASH FOR CASH” MOST FREQUENTLY TARGETED LOCATIONS
Ultimately, fraudsters look for places where it is unlikely and often unsafe for potential witnesses to stop. Such as, roundabouts, motorways, traffic lights and sideroads.
“CRASH FOR CASH” STRATEDGIES USED BY FRAUDSTERS TODAY
- A vehicle in front intentionally slams on the brakes to catch out the driver behind.
- When a driver flashes their lights to beckon another vehicle forward but then drives into them.
- A third-party requests cash to fix their vehicle after they have induced a collision.
- A vehicle ‘hides’ in the blind spot of another car before moving in front and braking hard.
- Where a criminal hires a car and stages an accident with another vehicle, usually someone they know
TIPS FOR PROCTECTING YOURSELF
In the event of an accident, drivers should take a few simple steps:
- Count the number of occupants and ask for all names.
- Note the registration plates of the all other vehicles.
- Take photographs of the cars before they are moved.
- Look for independent witnesses or CCTV or use dashcam footage.
- Keep safe in case others become aggressive.
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