Insurer expects crash for cash spike

Ageas Insurance has forecast a jump in the number of crash for cash induced road collisions in the coming months as the UK leaves lockdown and traffic volumes increase. The insurer said it saw cases rise by 150% when the first national lockdown was lifted in 2020.

Robin Challand, claims director at Ageas Insurance, said: “Lockdowns made it harder for crash for cash scammers to operate because with less traffic on the road it made it more difficult to disguise their actions. But as restrictions are lifted and road-use returns to more normal levels, that’s when we see these criminals start to re-emerge and put innocent motorists at risk by causing accidents.”

Stephen Dalton, head of intelligence and investigations at the Insurance Fraud Bureau, added: “As traffic levels continue to get back to normal, drivers should be cautious of crash for cash scams on the road as fraudsters may sadly be looking to make up for lost time.”

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