Birmingham tops crash-for-cash list

Birmingham remains the country’s most prevalent area for crash-for-cash fraud.

Analysis by the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) of 2.7 million motor insurance claims made across the UK in between 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2020 identified over 170,000 claims which could be linked to suspected crash-for-cash networks.

Following Birmingham, IFB figures have identified top 30 spots in the UK for crash-for-cash scams, with the next most common postcodes are in Bradford, Manchester, London and Luton.

Ben Fletcher, director at the IFB, said: “Crash-for-cash fraudsters bring devastation to countless victims and increase motor insurance costs for us all. The IFB’s hotspots analysis is a stark reminder that although great strides have been taken in tackling the problem, these car crash scams are all too common. As traffic levels return to normal following the national lockdown, crash-for-cash fraudsters may look to make up for lost time.”