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Beware of variations on the Crash for Cash Scam

The sentencing of three men in November this year, for conspiring to deliberately cause a crash, in order to claim for injuries and vehicle damage, introduced a new variation on the crash-for-cash scam.
 

Written on 27th December 2018

The sentencing of three men in November this year, for conspiring to deliberately cause a crash, in order to claim for injuries and vehicle damage, introduced a new variation on the crash-for-cash scam.

The crash occurred in Rochdale when driver Zahir Ali gestured to allow a woman to pull out of a junction in front of him. As she moved onto the road in front of him, he deliberately drove his vehicle into the victim’s car at low speed.

The damage caused was minimal and witnesses confirmed that Zahir Ali was the only person in his car at the time. He left the scene of the crash alone.

Following the crash, Zahir Ali contacted a vehicle recovery company and engaged a firm of solicitors. He produced photographs of his damaged car to the owner of the recovery company who decided the car was not road worthy and arranged for it to be recovered to an industrial unit. An assessment of the damage by a representative of the Institute of Motoring Industry found that Zahir Ali’s car had sustained damage after the collision which had caused it to become immobile.

Zahir Ali submitted injury claims to the solicitor’s firm for himself, as well as two other persons on their behalf.

At a medical appointment Zahir Ali and one other claimed to be suffering from back pain. A further claimant attended a separate medical examination and claimed to be suffering from shoulder and neck pain. The doctor stated that these injuries were all consistent with a car crash and he recommended further examination by an Orthopaedic surgeon and six sessions of physiotherapy each.

Detective Constable Kevin Hughes of the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) said: “Zahir Ali took a kind gesture and used it to create a crash that only served his own greed. Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. When people commit insurance fraud, it drives up insurance premiums for all consumers as fraud costs the insurance industry money.”

Source: http://news.cityoflondon.police.uk/r/1148/cash-for-crash_fraudsters_sentenced_after_cunning

 

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